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My Computing Journey —

Early Years and the 6502 As a teenager I developed a strong interest in computing. I badgered my late father to buy me the Acorn Atom – the predecessor of the BBC micro. That was a major expense for him at the time and led to some significant sacrifices for him – something I absolutely […]

Antec 1080 AMG – RIP —

After over 10 years this monster of a tower case has gone to the recycling centre. It’s been replaced by a cheap (but surprisingly good) Corsair SPEC-03 gaming case. Whilst the Corsair is positively flimsy in comparison to the Antec, it offers some decent features at a great price point. It is surprisingly quiet too. […]

DIMM slots! —

Even the most experienced PC builder can easily forget the importance of RTFM. When I built my FX-4350 based server (albeit in a bit of a hurry), I forgot to check which motherboard DIMM slots should be populated in a two-DIMM scenario. My motherboard is a¬†Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 990FX Socket AM3+ – it has four DIMM […]


I have just been reading and watching the reviews on the new Intel 750 and Samsung XS1715 NVMe SSDs. Very impressive benchmarks indeed. I run mostly AMD kit at home and as there are very few AMD motherboards with PCIe 3.0 x4 slots (the ASUS 990FX Sabertooth Gen 3 Rev 2.0 is the only one […]