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For Sale – Entry level upgradable gaming PC – GTX670, i3 3225, 8GB, 128SSD&320HHD – £200 delivered

Hi, selling my daughters PC after she’s had an upgrade (well technically my eldest son upgraded, sold his old one to my younger son and the ripple effect is she’s got this to sell!). Condition is a bit tatty (pictures in link below), has side window with blue LED lighting everything up. Also comes with CD ROM and ye olde floppy disk (which is not plugged in – more being used as a blanking plate lol). She mainly used it for Minecraft, SIMS4 and CSGO…never had any issues…this is a great entry gaming machine and is easily upgradable to the amazing i5 2500K and something like a GTX 970/1060 which would be good level and get you into VR.

So specs are:

GTX670 GPU Gigabyte OC Edition
i3 3225 CPU Stock h/s & fan
8GB RAM Corsair 2x4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
128 SSD Samsung
320 HHD WD Scorpio Blue
500W PSU OCZ

Anyway, really not sure on value – was thinking £200 inc. based on a basic value of each part if I sold seperately.

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For Sale – Custom built PC. 8GB, i5 core, 1TB drive. Large upgradeable Cosmos tower.

How well will this run something like iRacing, Assetto Corsa or Forza 7

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For Sale – 17.3″ Intel i7 (3.7GHz Turbo) – 16GB RAM – Samsung 1TB+500GB SSD’s

OVERVIEW

High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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For Sale – 17.3″ Intel i7 (3.7GHz Turbo) – 16GB RAM – Samsung 1TB+500GB SSD’s

OVERVIEW

High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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Google Kubernetes Engine price change sparks discontent

An upcoming price change to Google Kubernetes Engine isn’t sitting well with some users of the managed container service, but analysts said Google’s move is well within reason.

As of June 6, Google will charge customers a cluster management fee of $0.10 per hour, regardless of the cluster’s size or topology. Each customer billing account will receive one free zonal cluster, and the new management fee doesn’t apply to clusters run as part of Anthos, Google’s cross-platform container orchestration service.

Along with the management fee, however, Google is also introducing a service-level agreement (SLA) for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). It promises 99.95% availability for regional clusters and 99.5% on zonal clusters, assuming they use a version from Google’s stable release channel, according to the price change announcement.

Google’s decision did not sit well with some users, who voiced complaints on social media.

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Container service pricing could remain in flux

Others disagreed. The planned fee for Google Kubernetes Engine is reasonable, said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC. “The fact is that Kubernetes control plane management is getting more complex and Google is constantly improving it, so there is a lot of value-add there,” he said. “Plus, as more critical workloads get deployed on containers, service levels become important and that will take some effort and investment, so it’s not unreasonable to ask for a fee for enterprise-level SLAs.”

A longer-term solution for Google could be to offer a lower-cost or free tier for those who don’t need all the features or the SLA, Chen added. “I think we’ll definitely see that in cloud container pricing in the future,” he said. “More tiers, feature add-ons, etc., to satisfy all segments of the market.”

Google previously had a management fee of $0.15 per hour for large clusters but dropped it in November 2017. The price addition coming in June will bring GKE into parity with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service; AWS cut the cluster management fee for EKS to $0.10 per hour in January, down from $0.20 per hour.

Kubernetes ecosystem
Managed services such as GKE fit into a continuum of technologies for managing containers

Although measured in pennies per hour, the cluster management fees amount to about $72 a month per cluster, a sum that can add up fast in larger implementations. The question Google Cloud customers must weigh now is whether the fee is worth it compared to other options.

Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service is one, as it doesn’t currently carry any cluster management fees. But customers would have to do a close comparison of what Azure charges for the compute resources supporting managed containers, as opposed to Google, AWS and other providers.

Another alternative would be to self-manage clusters, but that would require analysis of whether doing so would be desirable in terms of staff time and training.

Above all, Google would undoubtedly like more adoption of Anthos, which became generally available in April 2019. The platform encompasses a software stack much broader than GKE and is priced accordingly. Anthos is the company’s primary focus in its bid to gain market share against Azure and AWS and represents Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s intent to get more large enterprise customers aboard.

“The cloud wars are intense and revenue matters,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif. The cluster management pricing could be viewed as some “gentle pressure” on customers to adopt Anthos, he added.

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What Exactly is Azure Dedicated Host?

In this blog post, we’ll become more familiar with a new Azure service called Azure Dedicated Hosts. Microsoft announced the service as preview some time ago and will go general-available with it in the near future.

Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host allows customers to run their virtual machines on a dedicated host not shared with other customers. While in a regular virtual machine scenario different customers or tenants share the same hosts, with Dedicated Host, a customer does no longer share the hardware. The picture below illustrates the setup.

Azure Dedicated Hosts

With a Dedicated Host, Microsoft wants to address customer concerns regarding compliance, security, and regulations, which could come up when running on a shared physical server. In the past, there was only one option to get a dedicated host in Azure. The option was to use very large instances like a D64s v3 VM size. These instances were so large that they consumed one host, and the placement of other VMs was not possible.

To be honest here, with the improvements in machine placement, larger hosts, and with that a much better density, there was no longer a 100% guaranty that the host is still dedicated. Another thing regarding instances is they are extremely expensive, as you can see in the screenshot from the Azure Price Calculator.

Azure price calculator

How to Setup a Dedicated Host in Azure

The setup of a dedicated host is pretty easy. First, you need to create a host group with your preferences for availability, like Availability Zones and Number of Fault Domains. You also need to decide for a Host Region, Group Name, etc.

How To Setup A Dedicated Host In Azure

After you created the host group, you can create a host within the group. Within the current preview, only VM Type Ds3 and Es3 Family are available to choose from. Microsoft will add more options soon.

Create dedicated host

More Details About Pricing

As you can see in the screenshot, Microsoft added the option to use Azure Hybrid Use Benefits for Dedicated Host. That means you can use your on-prem Windows Server and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to reduce your costs in Azure.

Azure Hybrid Use Benefits pricing

Azure Dedicated Host also gives you more insides into the host like:

  • The underlying hardware infrastructure (host type)
  • Processor brand, capabilities, and more
  • Number of cores
  • Type and size of the Azure Virtual Machines you want to deploy

An Azure Customer can control all host-level platform maintenance initiated by Azure, like OS updates. An Azure Dedicated Host gives you the option to schedule maintenance windows within 35 days where these updates are applied to your host system. During this self-maintenance window, customers can apply maintenance to hosts at their own convenience.

So looking a bit deeper in that service, Azure becomes more like a traditional hosting provider who gives a customer a very dynamic platform.

The following screenshot shows the current pricing for a Dedicated Host.

Azure Dedicated Host pricing details

Following virtual machine types can be run on a dedicated host.

Virtual Machines on a Dedicated Host

Currently, you have a soft limit from 3000 vCPUs for a dedicated host per region. That limit can be enhanced by submitting a support ticket.

When Would I Use A Dedicated Host?

In most cases, you would choose a dedicated host because of compliance reasons. You may not want to share a host with other customers. Another reason could be that you want a guaranteed CPU architecture and type. If you place your VMs on the same host, then it is guaranteed that it will have the same architecture.

Further Reading

Microsoft already published a lot of documentation and blogs about the topic so you can deepen your knowledge about Dedicated Host.

Resource #1: Announcement Blog and FAQ 

Resource #2: Product Page 

Resource #3: Introduction Video – Azure Friday “An introduction to Azure Dedicated Hosts | Azure Friday”

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For Sale – Hi Spec PC: 17.3″ Quad Core i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo) – Samsung SSD (x2) – 16GB – 1.5TB

OVERVIEW

High performance laptop for sale in excellent condition, very well looked after. Custom built by PC Specialist.

I’m selling because I wanted a better gaming rig with a bit more graphical grunt, pure and simple – this one still has a great card, if that’s your thing (GeForce GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX 12) which can run many of the modern games (screen 60Hz refresh). I also used this PC for graphic design, music production and visual editing, all of which it handled with ease.

The lightning fast Samsung SSD’s are magic – one of them replaces the DVD drive chassis.

PRICING & DELIVERY

Price Purchased: £1,473.00

Selling Price: £795.00

UK ONLY DELIVERY – included in sale price. Available to post after 2nd Feb (travelling until then, sale can be agreed prior, although I may take extra time to reply)

FULL SPECS

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4870HQ (3.7GHz Turbo, Iris™ Pro)
Memory (RAM)
16GB Kingston SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M – 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM – DirectX® 12
1st Storage Drive
1TB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
2nd Storage Drive
500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5″ SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
2nd/3rd HDD HARD DRIVE OPTICAL BAY CADDY (9.5mm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Battery
Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Def. Audio + SoundBlaster™ Cinema 2
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB/Thunderbolt Options
4 x USB 3.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Keyboard Language
OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD WITH NUMBER PAD
Operating System
Genuine Windows 8.1 64 Bit – inc DVD & Licence (Upgraded to Windows 10 Home, as below)
Windows 10 Upgrade

FREE Upgrade to Windows 10 with all Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Purchases*
Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MP FULL HD WEBCAM

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For Sale – Dell Latitude E7250 – i5 – 250GB SSD – 8GB RAM

Got an older, yet cool laptop for sale.
It performs really well still for work and home usage. This includes video streaming, video calls, etc.
I have attached a speccy pic, but here’s a breakdown:

  • i5 5300U 2.30GHz
  • 250GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM 1600MHz
  • Intel 5500 Graphics

The screen is 12.5″ and is touch screen. 1920×1080. Really beautiful, gorilla glass, great colours and brightness. It’s in pretty great shape other than the top (check pictures). This scratches are cosmetic. The laptop feels strong and sturdy still.
It has a dedicated SIM Card port under the battery, if that’s ya ting.
Keyboard is lovely and backlit.

It includes the Dell charger. Has Windows 10 Pro.

Check pics!

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For Sale – Antec ISK600M HTPC case and Intel bundle

I’ve had this case for a couple of years and has served me well. Will take matx mobos and full ATX PSU. Haven’t had problems with dual fan GPU’s but I suspect some very long, three fan ones may not fit. In very good condition with enough space for up to 9 2.5″ disks or up to 3 3.5″ & 3 2.5″.
Doesn’t come with a PSU but have a couple of 80+ Gold rates ones (SFX and ATX) if interested.

Bundle
Asus matx skt1150
Intel 4670k
8gb ddr3 (2x4GB) HyperX
£110

Location
Bristol
Price and currency
50
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Not advertised elsewhere
Payment method
BT

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For Sale – Dell Latitude E7250 – i5 – 250GB SSD – 8GB RAM

Got an older, yet cool laptop for sale.
It performs really well still for work and home usage. This includes video streaming, video calls, etc.
I have attached a speccy pic, but here’s a breakdown:

  • i5 5300U 2.30GHz
  • 250GB SSD
  • 8GB RAM 1600MHz
  • Intel 5500 Graphics

The screen is 12.5″ and is touch screen. 1920×1080. Really beautiful, gorilla glass, great colours and brightness. It’s in pretty great shape other than the top (check pictures). This scratches are cosmetic. The laptop feels strong and sturdy still.
It has a dedicated SIM Card port under the battery, if that’s ya ting.
Keyboard is lovely and backlit.

It includes the Dell charger. Has Windows 10 Pro.

Check pics!

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