The Truth Behind The Free Casino Money Propaganda

Free casino money is one of the many attractions online gambling sites use to lure visitors and convert them into customers. And although it may seem like a shady transaction to new online gamblers, it is actually a normal scenario among these gaming sites. Usually, what happens is you’ll be asked to sign up your information and in some cases, make a small initial deposit, to be able to redeem the free casino money. The transaction differs from site to site. But usually, you can get as little as $100 to as much as a thousands of dollars on that first engagement. And then, you can use that to play the field and amass more virtual cash.

Online gambling sites choose to provide this not only to get people interested but also to motivate them to stay on the site. The way they see it, the more money a person has, the more he will be encouraged to spend it. And with the proposition that he’ll gain more bonuses by participation or endorsement, the chances of him availing would double and the site would have the chance to earn income through patronage, advertising and additional player investment.

So if you think about it, it’s not a scam per se but a clever way to promote online gambling site use. And it’s hardly that bad to try it out, considering you’d probably enjoy playing online poker or black jack on your spare time. If you are good, you can even add winnings to the list of benefits you stand to gain by trying things out. You will have to check with the sites terms and conditions first though to know how to withdraw the money. And to avoid getting addicted or being caught in bad transactions, you could just be more responsible about how you approach the activity and learn a few tips here and there.

One essential tip you have to keep in mind before registering to an online gambling site for free casino money is to check what they are offering. Typically, these types of portals provide you access to every game of chance known to man. But understandably, not all of them will be familiar to you. So only apply for membership if you know you will enjoy your affiliation and get to take advantage of it to the fullest. If you don’t want to waste your time browsing through the page of a gaming site, you could just narrow down your options by using search engines. They should lead you to websites that provide bonuses for games you actually like playing. You could also research on gaming site reviews so you’d be able to find out which sites offer what and how credible they are.

Why not make your gaming experience more convenient and affordable on your end? There’s no general rule that states everything you see online is not trustworthy. Sometimes, all you need is a discerning eye and a good background check to lead you to credible resources.

How To Choose A Computer Case

Things to Consider When Choosing a Computer Case

In the past, computer cases were all very similar… Clones of the same boring, beige box. With all of the choices available today, this is no longer the ‘case’, and people can use their systems’ chassis as a means to express themselves and to set their system apart from the rest. Although appearance may be a big one, it isn’t the only factor in the selection process and the following items should be considered when shopping for a new computer case.

1. Form Factor

There are different sizes of motherboards, which in turn require different cases to house them. Case form factors share the names of the motherboards they support, and some of the common ones include ATX, Micro ATX (mATX), FlexATX and Mini ITX. ATX motherboards are perhaps the most common, and the largest of the four, measuring at most 12″ x 9.6″ (305mm x 244mm). A Micro ATX board is at most 9.6″ x 9.6″ (244mm x 244mm), a FlexATX is 9.0″ x 7.5″ (229mm x 191mm) and a Mini ITX comes in at a tiny 6.7″ x 6.7″ (170mm x 170mm). ATX and mATX are by far the most popular motherboard sizes for consumer motherboards, and hence, most cases are made to support one or both of these sizes.

A mATX motherboard can obviously fit in a smaller enclosure than an ATX motherboard, and therefore there are different size cases available to match. The larger cases are generally downward compatible with smaller from factor motherboards, but the opposite is not true. For example, someone with this Amptron mATX motherboard could save a few inches and install it in this 14.25″ tall mATX case, or pick something like this black ATX case that stands just a bit taller at 16.5″.

Many branded systems (ones that you may buy prebuilt and with preinstalled software) are usually a combination of a standard form factor (such a mATX) with some type of proprietary design (usually in the front panel switches and it’s cabling) and buying a new case for these types of motherboards can be tricky. Some branded systems also use lesser used form factors such as NLX and LPX (which employee riser cards for the expansion slots) and finding replacement cases for these type of systems can be a very difficult and pricey endeavor.

A smaller system may be desirable where space is tight, but larger form factor cases provide more room for multiple drives and other peripherals, and a smaller motherboard may be better suited to a larger case in a system such as this.

2. Size

Size may go along with form factor in many respects, but even while considering cases of the same form factor, there can be variations in size in a few respects. Areas where size can vary are in overall dimensions, the number of exposed 5.25″ and 3.5″ bays, and the number of internal bays.

ATX cases obviously need to be large enough to hold an ATX motherboard; some are just large enough, while others seem cavernous in comparison. If a case needs to fit under a low shelf, or between items of a certain width, it is important to choose an appropriately sized case. Cases come in two basic configurations when it comes to their size and shape, either desktop or tower. Desktop cases are wider than they are tall and are oriented so the motherboard lays flat, while tower cases have the motherboard standing upright, and come in three basic heights… mini tower, mid tower, and full tower. Tower cases are more common these days, and currently the only style in the Computer Geeks case inventory.

The number of exposed drive bays is generally in direct proportion to the overall size of the case. A higher number of exposed 5.25″ bays may be desirable for those with more than one DVD or CD drive, removable drive racks, and fan controllers. Exposed 3.5″ bays are generally occupied by floppy drives, Zip drives, fan controllers, and things like this 9-in-1 Card Reader, and in most cases you may get one or two of these bays, maximum. This case is very similar in appearance to this other one, but they have one difference that may prove to be a huge factor. They both have four exposed 5.25″ bays, but one has two exposed 3.5″ bays while the other only has one. If a user had a floppy drive and the 9-in-1 card reader, they would either have to choose to install only one, or use an adaptor and take up one of their 5.25″ bays.

Internal bays are generally reserved for hard drives, and systems with multiple drives require the necessary space. So, if a user decided he really wanted a yellow colored case, but needed room for five hard drives, he would be forced to choose this one (5 internal drive bays) over this one (4 internal drive bays).

3. Cooling

Cooling is a critical feature to consider when selecting a computer case. High end systems can generate a good deal of heat, and the case needs to be adequately cooled to keep the system running and stable.

The basic configuration for case cooling involves having one intake fan on the lower portion of the front surface, and one exhaust fan higher up on the rear surface. This allows cooler air to be drawn in, passed over the various heat generating components, and exhausted out the back. There are many other cooling configurations available that may provide improvements in terms of cooling performance and noise.

One way to decrease noise, and perhaps move more air, is for a case to use 120mm (4″) fans instead of the usual 80mm (3″) fans, as larger fans don’t need to spin as fast to push the same volume of air. This A-Top Z-Alien utilizes a 120mm exhaust fan that also features another key feature to good cooling. The fan grill is very open, meaning that there will be minimal resistance to air flow and reduced noise as the air rushes past it. Many fan grills are made from perforating the case’s sheet metal, and they do not provide enough open area for good airflow.

Another approach to better cooling is to throw more fans at the heat. This Matrix case adds another fan to the side panel which will draw cool air in right on top of the processor and video card, two of the hotter items in a system. Other cases will add an exhaust fan to the top of the case, which pushes the heat out just like a chimney.

No matter the approach, cooling is one area that needs close consideration when it comes to cases intended for today’s high powered systems.

4. Installation Features

Installing a system into a case can be a time consuming affair, which can become annoying to those who find themselves in a continuous cycle of upgrading. Many cases now include convenient features to make installation much simpler, and far less time consuming

Some of these convenient installation features include a removable motherboard tray, removable drive cages, tool-less expansion card mounts, tool-less side panels, and tool-less drive rail systems. Being able to remove the motherboard tray and drive cage makes it easier to work on those specific areas in the open, and having a tool-less system for mounting drives or cards means there is no need for screws or a screw driver. Definitely time savers!

Although the listing on the Computer Geeks site does not specify it, this X-Blade ATX case features both a removable drive cage and tool-less drive rail system, according to this review.

5. Convenience Items

It is not enough for a case to house a computer system any more, it now needs to multi-task. Having regularly used connections on the front or top of the case is one common convenience feature that many people look for. Cases such as this A-Top Z-Alien model let users forget about the annoyance of reaching around the back of their case to plug things in, as USB, Firewire, headphone and microphone jacks are located on the top.

Other cases are available that take convenience to another level by including clocks, digital thermometers that monitor specific components, and fan controllers to help maintain a healthy balance between noise and cooling performance.

6. Style

A few years ago cases only came in one color and one basic style… plain beige boxes. If you’re nostalgic for the olden days of computer cases, Computer Geeks still has one for sale in this style, the KG-200. But cases now come in styles from mild to wild, and in a whole rainbow of colors. Some have large windows in the side panel to show off the case’s insides, some include special lighting effects, and some have appearances that might scare the kids. At this point there seems to be few limits in case design, but there are always classically styled cases in updated color schemes for those who want something modern looking, but nothing too intense.

7. Power Supply

Many cases are sold with a power supply included, but this power supply might not be the correct one for the system to be installed inside of it. An adequate power supply needs to be chosen to meet the demands of the system, and this may very well mean buying an additional power supply to replace the one included, or selecting a different case with a more appropriately sized power supply.

For example, someone may decide their high end gaming system would go well in this black ATX case, but the included 300W power supply may not be strong enough for a top notch graphics card, multiple drives, water cooling, and other power hungry peripherals that might be installed.

Final Words

There are many factors that go into selecting an adequate case for a computer system, including the seven mentioned above. What may wind up being the most important factor was not discussed, but can hopefully be addressed by balancing the importance of these factors… price. Computer cases can cost anywhere from several dollars to several hundred dollars, meaning that a tight budget may decide which of the other features is really all that important.

Essential Information on Choosing the Best Golf Clubs to Suit Your Game

Most golfers, whether a beginner or a pro, struggle when trying to decide which golf club to buy. The buying process becomes easier when the consumer has a good understanding of the types of golf clubs available and their specific use. Your playing (and thus your staying) power is greatly enhanced by choosing the proper golf clubs.

For the novice golfer, the basic set of golf clubs consists of drivers, wedges, putters and irons. Using the proper type of golf club will help the beginner learn quickly and achieve results. Each different type of club is designed to help with swing speed and to correct faults to improve your game ? and your score.

In addition to clubs, a wide variety of accessories are also available, many of which are necessities and others that are ?just for looks.? One absolute necessity is a golf bag to assist you or your caddy in moving from green to green, and of course, golf balls. Another must is a pair of golf shoes to help stabilize your body so you can achieve the perfect swing. Other accessories include golf gloves, a golf cap, clothing, and covers for your golf clubs to protect them from the elements or while stored.

There are many variations in the types and styles of golf clubs and their uses. For example, if you?re trying to make a shorter shot, irons may be your best bet. Irons are usually available in sets that include several different sizes. You must also take into consideration the style, size, and type of material used to make the golf club shaft. One of the less expensive materials is steel. Clubs with a steel shaft weigh more but can be longer-lasting than other types. The steel shaft may also give you more control over those fast swings. If you choose a graphite shaft, it will be lighter than steel but will be more costly. This type of club is used for long distance shots or for slower swingers.

Most golf clubs are available with both steel and graphite shafts.

The flexibility of a shaft is referred to as flex, or bend. The less the bend in a shaft, the more control the powerful swinger will have. On the other hand, beginners and those with less powerful swings generally use a shaft with greater flexibility. The average swing speed is from 65 miles per hour for the beginner up to over 100 miles per hour for powerful swingers.

The goal when buying golf clubs should be to own the best golf clubs you can afford, whether they are name brands, used, or a reproduction of one of the name brands. Golf clubs can be purchased at many different types of establishments such as discount stores, buying clubs, specialty shops, catalogs, or the Internet, which offers an almost limitless variety of clubs and bargains, including used golf clubs. The cost of the golf club depends on the type and where it is purchased. Retail stores and catalogs have pre-season, post-season and regular sales, but since someone, somewhere, has the perfect climate in which to play golf at any given time of the year, you may find it difficult to find a true bargain. Internet shopping offers excellent prices throughout the year, and in many cases shipping is free. Golf club replicas are very good bargains if you compare their features to the originals. Many, many types of merchandise are duplicated, or cloned, so be sure the set of clubs you buy have not been illegally duplicated.

Most anytime is the perfect time for most golfers and ?wannabe? golfers to play, so take advantage of the large variety of clubs and bargains to be found, and don?t wait another day to start buying your golf clubs.

How To Win At The Casino

The only guarantee you can have betting is that is that you won’t lose the farm if you gamble intelligently. The most critical aspect of gambling is to acquire a basic understanding of the game which you are playing. With a little knowledge and a lot of patience, you could take your next trip to Las Vegas for free.

The first principle that you need to understand is that when you gamble you probably will lose. Gambling isn’t investing, although with the condition Wall Street is in, it might be safer. If you are not willing to throw your money in the trash can and walk away, you probably shouldn’t gamble. With that being said, you can still enjoy gambling and increase your chance of coming out ahead.
The second concept that you need to understand is that the odds are always in favor of the house. Not only that, but the odds are always weighted in the casino’s advantage. An example of this is betting on boxcars (two sixes) in craps. The odds in most casinos are 30:1 but the real odds are 36:1, so you are not getting paid what the wager is worth even if you win.

Before you decide on what games you want to learn, you need to know which games to avoid. Firstly, you need to know what “house advantage” means. Simply stated, the house advantage is average percentage of money that the casino will win regardless of the outcome of the wagering. A 10% house advantage in a game means that, on average, if you made had $100 and made 20 bets of $5 each you would have $90 at the end of the session. Over time you will win more money if you are lucky but you can influence the outcome by picking games with lower house advantages.

Blackjack has a house advantage of 0.5%, (depending on the number of decks used), and Keno has about a 25% house advantage. But the casino still can improve it advantage by varying the odds. A blackjack table with the payout of 6:5 for blackjack gives the house a 1.5% advantage versus the 0.5% advantage at 3:2 odds. The last thing to consider is the system to use in the game that you want to play. Card counting in blackjack is the only system that is proven to work and it is also the only system banned in casinos.

You can find many strategies to use in gambling but none come with guarantees. The best system is to quit when you’re ahead because time is also an advantage of the house. Most people will probably lose if they play long enough. If you have patience to learn the rules of a game, find bets that have good odds (the internet is teeming with advice) and not bet the rent money, then you can have an enjoyable time gambling.

One last caution, if you’re at the casino for the free booze just go to one of the bars on the floor and play video poker or blackjack (only make the smallest wager allowed and don’t average more than $20 bet/free drink) You will still have a good time, you might even win and the odds are that you won’t have to get a cash advance from your credit card to pay your bills next month. Good Luck!