Thinking Of Replacing Your PC… Why Not Build It Yourself?

Build Your Own PCAre you thinking about replacing your current computer with a more up-to-date version?

If you are, and you’re like the majority of people around the world you’ve probably gone looking through computer stores at packaged deals. You know the types, HP, Compaq, Dell etc, full systems that come with Windows installed ready to go. The vast majority of computers sold around the world come from these full system type deals, but would you believe that they are in fact not the best way to get a faster PC?

Why not build one yourself?

I know what you’re thinking, you don’t know how, or where to start. Or, you may be thinking the biggest fallacy of them all, “building is far more expensive than…”.

Stop right there, because the fact is, building a PC from the ground up will ensure you a number if key things.

  • You can pick and choose the components and brands
  • You can select the style of peripherals, case, monitor etc
  • You can choose the type of OS you want
  • 99% of the time building is CHEAPER.

Oh, and best of all, you don’t actually have to “build” it yourself. Most computers stores will do the build for you for a minimal fee.

To best give you an example of this, last year I purchased a new PC, selecting the components i wanted and had it built by a great computer store here in Brisbane called Gamedude.

The system is features an AMD Phenom II X4 955 (3.20GHz) Quad Core processor, 4G of quality RAM, ATI Radeon HD5770 PCIE graphics card with 1G RAM, full HD 26″ ASUS Wide-screen monitor, Antec 300 Gaming case, Logitech G15 gaming keyboard, Windows 7 PRO 64bit… you get the idea, fairly speedy.

After I got it, i went out and looked to see what the “equivalent” product would be in a full system from manufacturers the likes of Dell and HP. While I could find a system very close to mind, it was built with lower quality component brands. The shocking thing that I found however was that the full system would have set me back just under $4,000AUD. My system, including the installation charges.. just over $2000. That’s half the price for a better quality system that comes with the same level of warranty that the full system did from the big brand stores.

So I leave you with this thought. If you want a fast system built from quality parts, don’t go to the big stores. Ask around, do some research and get one custom built to your specific needs.

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MOVED: PPM Hockey: The New Game Engine Tactics Explained

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PPM Hockey: The New Game Engine Tactics Explained

Do you sense that? That strange sensation… as if 10,000 voices screamed out and were suddently silenced.

PPM TacticsNo, this isn’t a scene from Star Wars, it’s the unveiling of the new tactic and Game Engine at Powerplay Manager for season 7. To all the critics out there who complained that PPM don’t listen and all the people who demanded more control of their team… your wishes have been answered.

And answered incredibly well at that!

PPM introduced some pretty major changes to the game engine for this new season of PPM Hockey, giving you, the manager, much more control over how your team plays on the ice. In this post, i want to run briefly through these changes especially the tactical changes.

Game Importance

Game Importance

As you can see from the image above, PPM have added 2 new game importance options. Now, instead of just Low, Normal and High you also have Very Low and Very High. Naturally, the energy usage of these levels has changed also (see below).

Game type Very low Low Normal High Very high
Friendly and tournament games 0.02 0.05 0.10 0.20 0.30
Competitive games 0.10 0.25 0.50 1.00 1.50

Game Importance By Period

Game Importance by period

This is a fantastic move that allows you to step into the locker room and tear your team up, inspire them and send them back out with much more (or less) desire to win. Yes, you now have the ability to start the game with one game importance level and finish it on another. Incredible you say? Yes indeed!

Special Teams


Quite possibly the BIGGEST improvement to the game engine, you now have control over your Special Teams. You have 3 options for both Powerplay and Penalty Kill which will determine how your team plays when on the PP or PK. Naturally, for every PP tactic there is a corrosponding PK tactic, so select a tactic that plays to your teams strengths. Be sure to read the guide carefully to learn which style suits your team best.

Ice Time By Line


Ever wanted your top line to truly be a TOP line, play more ice time and give you a better chance of winning? You now can! No longer will your 4th line grinders play the same amount of ice time as your top line franchise players. PPM have now made it possible for you to manually set your own ice time levels for each line. Simply change the figures to suit your needs, just make sure that the line totals add up to 100. So for example, want to play a game much like an NHL team, you would use something like 35-30-20-15. This is an incredible feature, BUT, use it wisely, for the amount of ice time directly relates to seasonal and game energy loss, so playing your top line heavily will damage your team later in the season.

Other Changes You Can’t See

I touched on these 2 changes in my previous post. The first is that the shooting attribute now has a much more relevant role in your teams scoring success, so it is vital that you have your players trained to shoot, not just in offense.

The other main change is that the technique attribute is now more importance. Teams with low technique will start to see their team playing much more on the Penalty Kill, and we all know what happens when you spend most the game killing off penalties…

You will have noticed that the goalie star rating has decreased. Don’t worry about this, as PPM made some changes to better display the goalies strength. This is an appearance thing only, and does not mean your goalie decreased in skill.

What Now…

If you have pre-defined tactics you are going to want to check them all and make the relevant changes to bring them in-line with the new game engine. Same goes for training, especially those shooting and technique attributes.

Best of luck in season 7, may the force be with you all.

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MOVED: 3 Things You Should Do For PPM Hockey Season 7

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3 Things You Should Do For PPM Hockey Season 7

The Puck Has A Secret About PPMUnless you’ve been living under a rock or have not been paying attention to the updates from PPM, you will be well aware that there are going to be come changes made to the PPM Game Engine at the start of season 7. These changes aim to make the game more competitive and more challenging for managers, which should, I believe, make the game more fun.

But fun and challenges aside, it is very important to stay on top of the changes that PPM make to their system if you intend to stay on top of your team.

So, here are 3 simple suggestions that everybody should be doing leading up to, and well into the next season of PPM hockey.

Train Shooting

The shooting attribute is fairly self explanatory; it is involved in how often and how well your players send the puck on net. But up until now, you could get away with high offense and lower shooting attributes because of the way the game engine worked. Not any more. Players with low shooting will be less effective next season, so if you are one of those who have neglected your shooting attribute on players, get them training in it now.

Train Technique

Another training suggestion you ask? Well, yes. As of next season the way the system calculates aggression and technique will changes, which means if you have low technique across your team you can expect to take a LOT more penalties. So, unless you have a great team of penalty killing monsters, get the technique on the rise now! This applies especially to wingers and defenders who both use aggression as a key attribute to their position.

Study Your Lines

This suggestion comes from a discussion i had recently with a friend who was confused as to why they kept losing games even though they had a strong team. After looking at their lineup i realised their problem was simply that they had not put much effort into setting up their team. Don’t put players who prefer the right side on the left and vice versa. Don’t put a winger in a center position or a defender as a winger. Don’t train the offense attribute on a goalie. It may sound stupid, but I have seen ALL these things done on a regular basis. With the coming changes to the PPM system, it is even more important than usual to make sure your team is set up the VERY BEST it can be. So take the time to study your players. If you’re not sure, ask on the forums for advice or drop me a message here. There is always someone willing to point you in the right direction.

As always, please feel free to leave comments below.

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The Rise Of Social Media – Facebook vs Google vs Myspace

Let’s go back a few years, to the period around April of 2007. At that time, the internet was dominated by the then media giant, Myspace. Google was a popular search engine with a growing range of apps and Facebook, well that was still a teenager in the realm of Myspace and Googles adult domination.

In human terms, the 2 years and 10 months that have passed since then seem tiny. On the Internet however, countless generations of change have happened since then, and none of them seem to be quite as impressive as the evolution of Facebook.

According to Facebook there are over 500 Million ACTIVE users on their service, 50% of which log into the Social Media service every single day. The average person on Facebook has at least 130 friends and over 700 Billion minutes are clocked up by users across the service each and every month. That’s an average of just over 23 hours per user, per month.

To give an appreciation of the size of this usage data, take a look at this comparison between Facebook, Google and Facebook.

The Rise Of Facebook vs Google and Myspace

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There have been rumours of late about the demise of Myspace, including everything from talks of sales to massive drops in revenue. There has also been a large reduction of commercial users such as musicians who have left Myspace and started to use Facebook to reach their fans.

Google remains as strong as ever, and continues to rise, albeit slower than the dramatic rise of Facebook over the last 2 years.

Where do the stats go from here? Facebook will no doubt continue to rise, especially with the introduction of Facebook Places, and Google will continue to do well considering it is still the worlds #1 search engine service.

For Myspace, well, that future is up in the air.

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