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For Sale – High End Gaming Rig – Ryzen 3800x – GTX 1080ti – 16gb ddr4

I’m looking to move on this gaming rig that I built up over lockdown. Fortunately I am no longer furloughed, unfortunately this beast isn’t getting the use it deserves now I don’t have unlimited spare time

Specs as follows –

CPU – Ryzen 3800x – Amazon (boxed)
Motherboard – MSI B450 Tomahawk Max – Purchased locally (boxed)
Ram – 16gb Ripjaws DDR4 2x8gb 3200mhz -Amazon (boxed)
GPU – MSI GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition – Ebay (Boxed, need to double check)
PSU – EVGA Supernova B2 750w – Purchased here (boxed)
Case – EVGA DG75 – Ebuyer (boxed)
SSD – 256gb integral NVME – Amazon (boxed)

This rig is currently watercooled and for reference scores just shy of 11,000 in 3dMark Timespy. Absolute flying machine at 1440p.

I will be removing the loop and going back to air cooling for the sale, too much money invested in the custom loop to sell on. The CPU cooler will be the Wraith RGB one that came with the CPU and the graphics card can be supplied with the waterblock & stock cooler if the buyer wants. Everything has original packaging so postage wont be an issue. I would prefer not to split at this time.

Price is £1000, delivery to be figured out on top but assume it will be in around £50 inc insurance. Collection is also welcome.

Photos to follow.

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Penn State graduates from legacy ERP to SAP S/4HANA

Faced with an aging homegrown legacy ERP, Penn State University went looking for a new system that could handle its current enterprise needs and form the core of its modernization efforts.

On July 1, after a rigorous search and implementation process that spanned five years, the university switched on the System for Integrated Management, Budgeting and Accounting (SIMBA), a new cloud-based platform built on SAP S/4HANA ERP.

Penn State is a multibillion-dollar organization and the state’s sixth largest employer with 45,000 full- and part-time employees. The university, which has its main campus in State College, Pa., and includes 24 satellite campuses, supports 100,000 students. However, the financial ERP system that supported this enormous operation was old and inadequate, said David Gray, Penn State’s senior vice president of finance and business.

“We had been running a homegrown legacy system dating back to the early 1980s that was written in code generation,” Gray said. “Maintaining that system was getting increasingly challenging, because most of the people that code in COBOL are either in nursing homes or are not with us any longer, so the university really had an imperative to shift off of that.”

Need for a forward-facing ERP system

The need for a modern, forward-facing system eventually led to Penn State’s decision to select SAP S/4HANA ERP for its SIMBA project, but the process was carefully considered. The first part of the process began five years ago and consisted of an initiative to painstakingly examine all the university’s business financial processes, according to Gray.

“We began to catalog those processes and to think very seriously about how they could be streamlined and improved by acquiring a third-party financial system,” Gray said. “Armed with information that we gleaned from that strategic initiative, we developed a (request for proposals) process. We had intended all along to subject this to the competitive marketplace and made sure that we were defining our needs very carefully and very methodically, and then selecting the solution that was best aligned with our enterprise needs.”

After evaluating several ERP systems and narrowing its choices to a final three, S/4HANA ERP emerged as the system that was best matched for Penn State’s current and future needs. S/4HANA was evaluated as the superior system in 13 out of 14 requirements, Gray explained, and was seen as the one that was best suited for transforming critical business processes like research accounting, procurement and multiyear budgeting.

Security was a prime concern

System security was one of the most important criteria requirements. Penn State is one of a handful of U.S. universities that runs a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). As such, it conducts several hundred million dollars a year of advanced defense research for the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Navy, significantly raising the security requirements for its ERP system. S/4HANA was the only system that met that high bar, Gray said.

“S/4HANA also met a lot of other functional criteria and came across as top-rated across virtually all of those key criteria,” he said. “But it certainly would have been a showstopper had S/4HANA not been able to address the very precise security requirements of our UARC.”

A partner with S/4HANA ERP experience

The preliminary requirements gathering and vendor selection process took about two years. Once S/4HANA was selected, the SIMBA implementation project began. Penn State tapped LSI Consulting, a firm based in Waltham, Mass., that focuses on public sector projects, for that phase.

Gray described the relationship with LSI Consulting as critical to the success of the greenfield deployment project because Penn State had no experience with S/4HANA or any modern enterprise systems. S/4HANA needed to be integrated with Penn State’s other ERP systems, Workday for HR and payroll, as well as Oracle PeopleSoft for student information management.

Educating students and doing leading-edge research is our core business — not information technology and running server farms.
David GraySenior vice president of finance and business, Penn State University

“We needed an implementation partner that knows S/4HANA inside and out,” he said. “LSI was a highly effective implementation partner for us driving a lot of the project management in a collaborative way and making sure that all those integration points were understood very well upfront and engineered properly.”

It was also determined that the SIMBA system would be cloud-based and run on Microsoft Azure. This followed an institutional decision to shift away from owning and running its own on-premises servers.

“Educating students and doing leading-edge research is our core business — not information technology and running server farms,” Gray said. “So early on we determined that our preference was to have this system hosted in the cloud if at all possible.”

A COVID-19 twist near the end

After three years of work, the SIMBA system was scheduled to go live in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, causing an immediate shift in plans for the final stages of the project.

“We were just about to head into the critical stages of end-user training with a mix of online and face-to-face training modules,” Gray said. “But around the second week of March, we closed the university down and went fully remote both for instruction and administration. So, we had to pivot in a New York minute to moving all of the training online.”

This was a critical factor in determining the early success of the SIMBA system, particularly because of the change management required to move from the university’s legacy system to S/4HANA, said Malcolm Woodfield, global vice president and head of industry business unit education and research at SAP.

“We hear a lot about moving students’ learning online, but you sometimes forget that there’s a lot of training and employee development going online, and there were 17,000 registrations for the SAP training,” Woodfield said. “We often measure a project by its technical success or transformational success, but if users don’t accept it, you’re dead in the water. So, it was a smart move to invest in the online user training and not wait until the lockdown ended.”

Change management challenges

Moving users from the old system that they had worked on for decades was indeed the most challenging part of the project, according to Gray. Part of this was simply getting them accustomed to the modern web-based GUI, but there are also process changes.

The legacy system, for example, had no integration between various modules, and workflow was largely manual.

“With the old system, users had to manually push a process to the next person in the decision chain, whereas with S/4HANA, that’s all mapped out when you decide on the number of variables and the processes and how you want to set up them up,” Gray said. “We are able to map the workflow out intelligently ahead of time, which has allowed us to streamline our existing business processes and cut out some steps in the approval path.”

S/4HANA supports improved processes, reporting

Gray expects that the S/4HANA-based SIMBA system will enable Penn State to transform and improve systems like budgeting and procurement that were difficult or impossible to do in the old legacy system.

“SIMBA’s support for multiyear budgeting and enterprise procurement will enable us to move toward strategic sourcing that we were unable to do with our old system,” he said. “This is all by itself a major initiative for the university and something we identified as a massive opportunity for cost savings and better efficiencies.”

The multiyear budget module will not be ready to go live until next year, but Gray believes it will dramatically improve the university’s budgeting process.

“The university was lagging behind a lot of our peers on this, and we feel this will be a transformative step to take to give managers at all levels much better insight into budgetary performance status — both within the year that they’re currently managing and looking into the future,” he said. “This will make both the allocation and consumption of resources much more business informed than it was in the past, and the multiyear benefits that this system brings to Penn State University will be massive and transformative.”

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For Sale – Dell XPS 15 9560 4k touch screen

Hello guys,
My XPS 15 is for sale, looking for £900 shipping, cooling pad ( Cooler Master NotePal U3 PLUS black one, on pic is different one older.. ) and USB hub included, also ethernet cable reduction possible.
2-3y old don’t really know, used few times a week. I paid a little over £1500 in the US for it. And £50 extra for the EU warranty.
Excellent condition, warranty till December, all cleaned.

Excellent laptop but I switched to desktop pc few months ago.
Could play games on it as well with a cooling pad, CSGo, LoL and even Valorant is very playable. The higher models have you know 8 gen which is faster but also it generates more heat, i think this setup is best in terms of ability to cool itself without throttling.

i7-7700HQ – (2,8GHz) (max 3,8GHz), 3840 x 2160 UHD (4K) touch ,15.6″, RAM 16GB, SSD 512GB, nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 – 4GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Webcam, HDMI, Microsoft Windows 10 Home

The display is excellent for graphic work, movies, laying in bed and just scrolling the internet with a touch screen.

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Wanted – 13″ Macbook Pro 2018 with at least 1tb SSD

As per subject, looking for a 13″ Macbook Pro with at least 1tb SSD to upgrade to from my current model.

Spec of my current model:
Retina 13″ Early 2015
2.7ghz i5
8gb 1867MHz DDR3
1tb SSD (can be upgraded)
Performance benchmarks of 723 single core and 1551 multicore
Cycle count: 572
Battery condition: “Good”
State of health: 84.4%
Case in very good condition with no dings or scratches, but some minor ‘screengate’ marks from keys visible when screen is off.

Based on performance benchmarks, I don’t believe 2016 or 2017 models are enough of an upgrade, while prices of 2019 or 2020 models appear out of my reach.

What have you got?

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Wanted – WD Red 3TB x3 or maybe more – Must be WD30EFRX models, not WD30EFAX


As per title, looking for the above drives, must be the EFRX models i.e. the non SMR drives, not interested in the EFAX models.

Looking for about 3, possibly more.

I paid £150 delivered for 4 couple weeks ago here so would like to spend about the same per drive pro rated!


High Wycombe

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For Sale – PC Specialist Recoil IV Laptop – 10th Gen, 16GB, RTX 2070 Super, 1TB SSD, 15.6” Full 240Hz

This is brand spanking new, just fired up to take a look. I’m looking to sell as I prefer a PC. I won it in a competition, which I can provide evidence for!

I know I’m a newbie to the forum but this is genuine. I know the price seems high but its cheaper than actual price offered by PC Specialist and you won’t be waiting for it to be built.

Full Spec below:
Chassis & Display Recoil Series: 15.6″ Matte Full HD 240Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™ i7 Eight Core Processor 10875H (2.3GHz, 5.1GHz Turbo)
Memory (RAM): 16GB Corsair 2400MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER – 8.0GB GDDR6 Video RAM – DirectX® 12.1
1st M.2 SSD Drive: 1TB Intel® H10 NVMe SSD + 32GB Intel® Optane™ (up to 2400MB/sR | 1800MB/sW)
Memory Card Reader: Integrated 3 in 1 Card Reader (Full Size SD / SDHC / SDXC)
AC Adaptor: 1 x 230W AC Adaptor
Power Cable: 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
Battery: Recoil Series Integrated 94WH Lithium Ion Battery
Thermal Paste: standard thermal paste for sufficient cooling
Sound Card: 2 Channel High Def. Audio + THX Spatial Audio
Bluetooth & Wireless: Gigabit Lan & Wireless Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
USB/Thunderbolt Options: 1 x Thunderbolt 3 port + 3 x USB 3.1 Ports, HDMI
Keyboard Language: per-key RGB backlit UK mechanical keyboard
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64 Bit – inc. Single License [KUK-00001]
Browser: Microsoft® Edge (Windows 10 Only)
Notebook Mouse: integrated 2 button touchpad mouse
Webcam: integrated 1mp HD webcam
Warranty: 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

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Wanted – Dell XPS 9560/9570/7590 4K Screen or Precision 5530/5540 4K Screen

Hi Mate

I realise you’re looking for a 9560 or later.

I have a 9550 with 4K screen.

i7-6700HQ Chip
16GB Ram
2TB M.2 NVME Solid State Drive
Nvidia 960M

In reasonably good nick, not spotless as it’s 4 years old now.
I replaced the keyboard a while back due to the battery expand issue and have had no problems since.

6 Cell Battery (bought since the problem batteries were phased out).
90w Charger

Looking for £900

I’m in London and could ship it this weekend as I’ve replaced it with a 5530 but haven’t finished the migration yet.

Let me know.

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Wanted – Macbook Pro 2019/2020 13” full spec? – Long Shot!

Presume you’re looking for a MacBook Pro? At the end of June I will have for sale a 2018 Quad-Core 2.3 i5, 8GB RAM, 512 GB storage if you’re interested and could wait until then. A little bit older than you’re looking for but fairly similar to the 2019 spec.

It’s a great machine and has been used to edit documentaries for BBC Two on FCPX, but a new model is on order as it looks like there will be an extended period of working from home. I can’t sell until that arrives however, and Apple currently have given a delivery date of June 29.

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Wanted – Macbook Pro 2019 or 2020 with 16GB RAM

Looking for a 2019 or 2020 Macbook Pro with 16GB of RAM. EDIT: Would consider 2018 too if higher spec.

Screen size, storage and any other spec is unimportant as long as it has that amount of memory.

Condition must be excellent, a low(ish) battery cycle count and must include original box and ideally proof of purchase.

£1400 is my absolute top end of budget, I can’t go any higher. Should be enough to cover any second hand base model with a RAM upgrade.

Can collect within a reasonable distance and pay via bank transfer. I’m a few miles north of Walsall/J7 M6.

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