Self-build Archive

  • matt-withoutaplan

    Part 2 – The Man Without a Plan

    The next step in Matt's journey to build his first PC...

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  • matt the n00b

    Part 1: A n00b In Need

    For 6 long years I’ve sat here helping to shift boxes of things I don’t really understand. Don’t get me wrong, I know DDR5 memory is an improvement on DDR3 and that Intel’s Core i7 processor is a step up from their Core i5, but I don’t really know why. (Apparently, “cos it’s 2 more“ isn’t a sufficient answer!) So to try and expand my limited knowledge, and to keep me busy for the next few weeks, I’m going to roll up my shirt sleeves, do a bit of research and build a desktop PC from scratch.

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    Better Late Than Never!

    “Dunc, when ARE you doing another blog?!” I know, I know, it’s been a while – and I can only apologise to those of you that have followed Dunc’s Deals since July last year – I really have been busy and not lazy (as some […]

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  • How to Install a Graphics Card

    Guide: How to Install a Graphics Card

    This is a Techradar article in association with It seems like PCs can never have enough 3D graphics power. Higher resolutions, more effects, better image quality and film-like post-processing effects seem to keep even the latest cards working hard. But even upgrading to a […]

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  • How to Install a Hard Drive

    Guide: How to Install a new Hard Drive

    This article was originally posted by Techradar in association with, and has been edited by a member of the forum, ‘Fov’. Adding, upgrading or installing a new hard drive is always about one thing – storage, storage, storage. For less than £30 you […]

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    Forums and Football, Deals and Dopiaza

    “McDunc – I’m Not Lovin’ It” Just when you thought this week couldn’t get any betterafter the jubilant return of the Chilean miners… it’s the return of Dunc! Happy Friday everyone! In the same week as 33 Chilean miners returned from two months underground, […]

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  • asusamdpromo2

    120GB Solid State Drive Giveaway!

    During October 2010 anyone who buys one of our Three ASUS AMD Self-Build Bundles will be automatically entered into a draw to win to a Patriot Memory 120GB Inferno 2.5″ Solid State Drive Worth Over £180! Continuing in the tradition of giving you an extra incentive […]

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  • duncs-deals-update7

    Mountain Rescue, Mafia and Monday off!

    What a difference a week makes, 168 little hours! Well, well, well… here we are again! It’s Friday! Not just any Friday though – it’s special in oh so many ways! First off, it’s the last Friday of the month, which means its Pay Day. […]

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  • duncs-deals-update6


    Helping Kris Akabusi (tenuous), Hose-pipe Bans and Crazy Deals! It’s Friday once again and as I am writing this, and you are reading it, it must mean we all survived Friday 13th – although looking out of the window here at dabs it looks like […]

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  • duncs-deals-update4

    I hate you so much right now!

    UFO’s, Presidents, Bundles, Free Stuff and Exclusive Deals! It’s that time again! Friday used to just signal the last day of the working week, the culmination of days that have flown by and left you begging for the weekend – now it also means you […]

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