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81  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What am I missing out on by not having an iPad2? on: March 17, 2012, 01:35:09 PM
My district is considering adding iPad 2s to the budget in the future - possibly in the next couple of years.  They try to stay current with technology (except OSes... we switched to Win XP pretty late though when we finally upgraded years ago.  I forgot which college it was, but a student teacher in my school said that a college in NY(?) was giving an iPad to incoming freshmen!

On a separate note, if I can get $100 more, I can afford the newest iPad. 
If I go for it, what would be the best choice:
a) iPad 2 16gb new $400
b) iPad 2 32gb used $400 or so
c) iPad 3 16gb new $500

I have my music on my phone and MBA, and I usually use Netflix for watching movies on either, so I don't know if I need 32gb, with the risk of buying a used iPad from eBay.

rittchard, I wish I never read your post!   Tongue  I had pretty much convinced myself I don't need one up to that!

82  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What am I missing out on by not having an iPad2? on: March 17, 2012, 12:19:20 AM
I cannot justify buying this.  Many of the accessories look amazing - especially ones for guitars, etc.  But I cannot buy an iPad just for a few cool guitar effects.  I am an absolute gadget geek, but even when the first iPad came out, it never struck that nerve - the one that tells me I must have it! 
83  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / What am I missing out on by not having an iPad2? on: March 16, 2012, 12:10:46 PM
I have a desktop PC, a late 2010 Macbook Air (11 inch), and a Droid Thunderbolt phone.  I was looking into getting an iPad 2 to use for work and play; I'm a 5th grade teacher and I thought the iPad 2 would come in handy as a grade-book, a camera for photographing student work and then showing it to parents during conferences, and other uses.  But those reasons alone are not worth $400 or more.  I watch movies and read Kindle books on my MBA or phone, and I have both for simpler games and music (although I recently got System Shock 2 running on my MBA!).

I figure between the phone and MBA I have everything covered that an iPad2 could do.  What might I be missing out on?  Is it worth it?  (I just sold some guitar stuff on eBay, so I have about $400 to buy the 16gig new or 32gig used from eBay (would only buy one with the 1 year plan still available).  Please share your thoughts!

V
84  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Cleaning out the closet - Hardware, Games, Boardgames on: March 09, 2012, 10:48:15 AM
PM sent re: boardgames
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Most believable conspiracy theory? on: February 27, 2012, 11:22:52 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 27, 2012, 04:06:20 AM

What an odd use of the word "list." I think your linky is bad.

Most plausible conspiracy theory, I think, is one of the JFK assassination explanations. I don't have a favorite horse in the race -- Castro, the KGB, the mob, the CIA -- but one can build a believable case for any of the above, and the official government explanation is weak.

ha ha - That means I sent by buddies the conspiracy link!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_conspiracy_theories

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Most believable conspiracy theory? on: February 27, 2012, 12:38:10 AM
Time waster alert:

Just throwing a random topic out here, but what would you say is the most believable "conspiracy theory" out there, and do you believe in it? 

I am just finishing the last couple missions of Assassin's Creed 2, and after playing through some of the glyph puzzles, for the first time I was able to see the romance (for lack of a better word) of conspiracy theories.  I was never interested in them at all.  I never had an opinion about 9/11 theories, for example, and I never looked at Jesse Ventura beyond someone feeding into fantasies for a show.

So I googled conspiracy theories and saw this list.  Man, some of these are pretty crazy!  So what's your take?  Convince me that aliens live among us, or that the government is using my phone's GPS to track my every movement!  I'm not trolling or F-ing around, I am genuinely curious about conspiracy theories after AC2.  I've played (and loved) the Deus Ex games, but my eyes glazed over anytime something about shadow organizations came up.  So I'm asking for serious responses here.  If you're embarrassed, just a friend of yours thinks...


 ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja ninja
87  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / last minute Steam coupon trades anyone? on: February 25, 2012, 07:00:05 PM
I have a 50% off Valve games
and
50% off Nordic games (list) to trade.

Interested in something that will discount Assassin's Creed Revelations and/or Batman AA, but open to ideas.

88  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Need help: Amazon credit on: February 25, 2012, 06:00:01 AM

Quote from: Azhag on February 25, 2012, 04:25:25 AM

PM/money sent

And to you!  Thank you very much my friend!  Off to Amazon now!   ninja2

89  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Need help: Amazon credit on: February 25, 2012, 03:06:01 AM
I really would like to grab Assassin's Creed Brotherhood deluxe on Amazon during the current download sale for $10.

Problem is, my gaming budget money is in paypal, and Amazon doesn't accept paypal...

Can someone help out by buying me a $10 digital gift card on Amazon, and I will pay you $12 via paypal?  I figure $12 to cover any expenses from paypal fees. 

Please PM if you can help!

Gracias,

BZ
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Gears of War 3 LE with GoW 1 & 2 + BONUS on: February 22, 2012, 01:05:54 AM
Selling the three Gears of War games for xbox

GoW 3 Limited Edition opened but contains everything (except for paper box around the real box) in pristine condition.  Code unused.
 eek  Octus Service Medal: A zinc-alloy replica of the cog-shaped medal awarded to Adam Fenix in recognition of his work on the Hammer of Dawn.
 eek  Adam Fenix Multiplayer Character: Each Octus Service Medal replica is engraved with a unique Xbox LIVE code that unlocks Adam Fenix as a playable character in multiplayer mode.
 eek  Fenix Family Mementos & Fabric COG Flag: Includes the “Last Will and Testament” of Adam Fenix, the initial Hammer of Dawn schematic, and other memorabilia; the flag features the proud colors that once flew over the House of Sovereigns.

GoW Triple Pack
 eek  GoW
 eek  GoW 2
 retard  GoW 2 All Fronts Pack  (I think...?)

GoW CE hardcover book small but pretty cool behind the scenes type book that came with the CE.
 eek  Shown in the customer pictures
 eek  Over-priced at ebay

All for $75 shipped with insurance and tracking.  Willing to negotiate a bit...

Sorry for the eek faces... got a bit carried away.
91  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: Assassin's Creed junk on: February 20, 2012, 07:22:11 PM
If I need to, I can present my nerd card to prove this is a serious request...

I'm getting into Assassin's Creed II, finally making it past the "prologue" and really enjoying it.  So I go online to search for swag, tchotchkes, supplemental reading, and background info.  I come across a few cool things.  So I'm looking for any of the following:
-The Encyclopedia (white version preferred)
-The CE of Brotherhood (PC if it exists, otherwise xbox 360) with jack-in-the-box and everything.
-The Assassin's Creed Revelations Signature Edition Ultimate Bundle (PC)
-The CE guides for Brotherhood & Revelations with all original bits

I would like to trade stuff for it, or buy it if price is right.  I have some "junk" from other games I would be willing to trade ...possibly...
I have:
-Fallout NV CE bits
-Fallout 3 CE bits
-Batman AA and AC CE bits
-Gears of War small, hardcover artbook
-Gears of War 3 CE complete (code not used)
-Duke Nukem Forever CE bits
-Sam & Max Surfin the Highway Anniversary Edition
-The Art of Oddworld Inhabitants hardcover book
-Doom 3 art book
-(probably have to pry it from my cold dead hands, but..) Raising the Bar Half-life book
-other stuff tinkering around from games, music, movies, guitar book and gear

I apologize in advance for turning down offers to trade things from the above list. 
92  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / LF: GoW &/or Batman AA (PC) on: February 13, 2012, 03:30:04 AM
Looking to trade or buy PC copies of Gears of War & Batman Arkham Asylum.  Have some trades or can pay.

BZ
93  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Warhammer Sale on: January 30, 2012, 08:01:16 PM
Good find - thanks!  I finally bought the DoW 2 expansions, and will finally give the game a go. 

 Any good mods worth getting?  And more on topic, even though the sale is over, are the Retribution mini expansions worth it?
94  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Penny Arcade books on: January 30, 2012, 07:56:48 PM
Sorry, but the books are sold.
95  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / SOLD on: January 29, 2012, 12:20:37 AM
I'm selling my collection of Penny Arcade books (1-7).  The books are in excellent to perfect condition; books 6 and 7 have not been read.  They are a bright and detailed collection of all the comics, along with commentary and extras.  

I'll sell the whole collection for $45.00 including shipping.
96  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Some actual decent Mac game deals! on: January 29, 2012, 12:12:11 AM
Wonder how well these run on a Macbook Air (late 2010) 11 inch Ultimate.  Batman AA runs decently, as does Dragon Age - both with graphics and effects lowered.  But Duke Nukem via Steam could barely move...
97  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What kind of gaming mouse are you using now? on: January 08, 2012, 11:54:29 PM
I had the MX518 from Logitech for years and loved it.  But I felt it was time to move on a few weeks ago and bought a R.A.T. 7 with Best Buy gift cards.  I love it so far.  Since there are so many "comfort" options, I never feel satisfied as I want to try to tweak it again.  But I found a good combo of parts and positions and it's great.  Being a gadget nerd, the little case the extra parts come in is cool.  My wife can't get over the look of it, and at first neither could I.  But now I love the quirkiness of it.

OT:  I also picked up a Razor Blackwidow Ultimate the same day.  I thought the "clicking" would drive me crazy, but the overall look and feel won me over.  I had even considered trading in the RAT for the Deathadder just to have a matching set!  (But I like the RAT 7 too much.)
98  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: January 06, 2012, 12:20:23 AM
I never even knew I had them, but I can offer to you guys the following free games!
-Frozen Synapse
-Half-life 2
-Half-life 2: Episode 1

99  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: 2gb DDR3-1333 SDRAM (1gb x2) on: December 29, 2011, 04:22:18 PM
This memory came with a brand new, bought 12/16/11, Alienware Aurora R2 from Microcenter. As soon as I got home, after testing the PC, I took out the RAM I am selling here to upgrade. I took these two modules and stored them safely. So the memory is not in a sealed box, but it is brand new and works perfectly.

Figure $25 shipped w/ insurance and tracking.

Details:

Two 1gb modules:
2GB DDR3-1333MHz
Form Factor 240 pin DIMM
ELPIDA
1Rx8
PC3-10600U-9-10-A0
P/N: EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
Non-ECC
100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / SOLD on: December 28, 2011, 07:06:22 PM
I have an unused points card for xbox live.  It's the $20 version with 1600 points.  I can send the card to you, or give you the codes via email or PM.  

I'd trade for Steam, Amazon, etc. credit, or accept $17.00 via paypal.  

If you have PC or Xbox 360 games to trade instead, I'm open to ideas.
101  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking For a Video Card on: December 27, 2011, 10:01:35 PM
I don't know how future proof it is, but I have a GeForce 9800 GTX 512mb.  PM sent.
102  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: On the way to the store... one last question! on: December 26, 2011, 05:16:32 PM
Down to these two computers:

This Dell

or the Alienware again.


The Dell:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifications
General Information
Model Number    8300
Lifestyle    Home & Student
Color    Black/Gray
Operating System
Operating System    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Case & Motherboard
Form Factor    Tower
Case Orientation    Vertical
Processor
CPU Brand    Intel
CPU Cores    4
CPU Type    Core i7
CPU Speed    2600 (3.4GHz)
Turbo Boost Speed    Up to 3.8GHz
Smart Cache    8MB
CPU Socket    LGA 1155
CPUs Installed    1
CPUs Supported    1
CPU Main Features    Virtualization Technology
Turbo Boost Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Trusted Execution Technology
Idle States
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology
AES New Instructions
Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel vPro Technology
Memory
Total Memory    8GB
Memory Speed    DDR3-1333
Maximum Memory Supported    16GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity    2TB
HD Interface    SATA 3Gb/s
HD RPM    7,200 RPM
HD Configuration    1 x 2TB
Multimedia Drives
Optical Drives Included    1
Optical Drive    DVD±RW
Display
Display Type    Display Not Included
Video
GPU Type    AMD Radeon HD 6770
Video Memory    1GB
Audio
Audio System    Integrated Audio
Communications
LAN    Gigabit LAN
LAN Data Rate Speed    10/100/1000Mbps
WLAN    1501 Wireless-N Mini-Card
Wireless Technology    802.11n
Card Reader
Card Reader    19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Keyboard
Keyboard    Multimedia
Connection Type    USB
Power Source    USB
Mouse
Mouse    Laser
Connection Type    USB
Power Source    USB
Power
Power Supply    460 Watt
Physical Specifications
Width    7.31"
Depth    17.9"
Height    16.02"
Weight    22.4 lbs.
What's in the Box
Preloaded Software    Microsoft Office Starter 2010
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts    1 year
Labor    1 year

The Alienware:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifications
General Information
Series    Aurora
Model Number    R2
Lifestyle    Gaming
Color    Cosmic Black
Operating System
Operating System    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Case & Motherboard
Form Factor    Tower
Case Orientation    Vertical
Processor
CPU Brand    Intel
CPU Cores    4
CPU Type    Core i7
CPU Speed    860 (2.8GHz)
Turbo Boost Speed    Up to 3.46GHz
Smart Cache    8MB
FSB    DMI 2500MT/s
CPU Socket    LGA 1156
CPUs Installed    1
CPUs Supported    1
CPU Main Features    Virtualization Technology
Turbo Boost Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Trusted Execution Technology
Idle States
Execute Disable Bit
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology
Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Memory
Total Memory    6GB
Memory Speed    DDR3-1333
Form Factor    240-pin DIMM
Memory Configuration    3 x 2GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity    1TB
HD Interface    SATA
HD RPM    7,200 RPM
HD Configuration    1 x 1TB
Multimedia Drives
Optical Drives Included    1
Optical Drive    DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Video
GPU Type    ATi Radeon HD 5870
Video Memory    1GB
Audio
Audio System    High Definition Audio
Audio Channels    7.1
Communications
LAN    Gigabit LAN
LAN Data Rate Speed    10/100/1000Mbps
Card Reader
Card Reader    None
Keyboard
Keyboard    Multimedia
Mouse
Mouse    Optical
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts    1 year
Labor    1 year

I would buy 2gb or 4gb more RAM possibly with either computer today, so at least the Alienware would be up to 8 or 12gb.
I think the graphics card is the only thing the Alienware does better, based on what I've tried to research.  But is it worth it over the other specs?

Please give any last minute advice.  I'm heading out soon, as the store is 45 min away and I'll be in that area today.  I'd like to pick it up today if possible.  As you can see, I'm limited in my tech knowledge, so your help is most appreciated!
103  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Keep the Mac Mini or go PC? on: December 26, 2011, 03:15:04 AM
Diablo III is what gave me second thoughts about the Mac Mini to begin with! 
104  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Keep the Mac Mini or go PC? on: December 26, 2011, 02:45:59 AM
Leaning toward the alienware one.  It's closer to the price of the mac mini, and from what I was able to figure out from research, it will do very well, especially compared to the last PC I owned.  The power supply is only 500-ish watts, but works just fine for the in-store configuration.  I also plan on picking up additional ram at a low cost, to bring it up to either 8gb or 12gb total - as long as it does not impact the power.  I figure when I upgrade later, I can also replace the power supply.

Still might just live with the mac mini.  I'm schizo, I know.  But part of me feels that having the xbox and gaming PC is a bit redundant.  I don't plan on re-buying Skyrim for example - maybe much later when the GOTY eventually comes out with all the expansions...  I don't know.  I really like the idea of the mac mini, and I was originally going to get the wireless keyboard and "magic trackpad" but for just about the same price I can get a pretty good PC with much more to offer.  I feel like I'm posting here as a form of therapy - just thinking out loud - but I would appreciate thoughts.  Stay with mac mini and xbox, or go alienware, of course still having the xbox?
105  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Keep the Mac Mini or go PC? on: December 25, 2011, 11:28:14 PM
My thoughts exactly.  I guess I had too much to drink this evening (since 1pm), because I'm reading my post from earlier and realizing I wasn't clear. 

One of my dilemmas is: will I be sated, gaming-wise, with the 360 and therefore keep the Mac Mini, or will I feel left out from the PC world I grew up with having the Mac and xbox?  I know no one can answer that but me, but if you were in my position with an xbox and macbook air - would you keep the MM and just use the xbox, or would you feel compelled to get one of the PCs I listed earlier today in the place of the MM? 

I have Skyrim, Rage, Deus Ex, the new Fallouts and expansions now on xbox... but also have a whole bunch on Steam
106  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help buying new PC on: December 25, 2011, 09:26:08 PM

Quote from: JCC on December 25, 2011, 08:42:48 PM

Forgetting everything else about whether Macs are shit or miracles, my only question is this: Is your particular Mac Mini configured with a 5400 rpm hard drive?

If so, I would return it. I will never, ever own another pc (we have an old laptop) with a 5400 rpm hard drive. It is a true bottleneck for doing anything.

The Mac Mini has a 5400 drive.  I have an SSD on my Macbook Air, which is super fast, but my PC was older with something probably slower than a 5400, and I never complained.  I guess I was just used to it.  So it's not a deal breaker for me.  My concern is getting the MM and missing the chance to get a decent, up-to-date PC.  As mentioned, I have the xbox for games and I like the Macs, but I miss my PC.  So I don't know if it's necessary to get a good gaming PC or not.  I have the macbook air, the xbox, so if I have the PC I have all my bases covered!  The Mac Mini might be too redundant..?
107  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Keep the Mac Mini or go PC? on: December 25, 2011, 07:04:45 PM
My wife absolutely surprised me with a Mac Mini 2.5ghz model.  She then said that if it wasn't what I wanted, she would not be insulted if I wanted something in it's place. 

I'm thinking about keeping it as I got rid of all my PC games and use my xbox 360 now for the most recent games.  So I could keep the Mac Mini and enjoy it, sticking with the 360, or use the opportunity to look into something else. 

Half of me wants to keep the Mac, as it's a cool little machine, but I feel that it is expensive for what it is.  And while I could bootcamp it for Win 7, the 256mb video card and other components are too weak for anything worth while.  I feel so isolated from the PC world!  But rather than possibly look ungrateful (who am I kidding - she knows me too well... she could see the smoke coming out my ears from my gears turning), just deal with the Mac and xbox.

On the other hand... Why not look for something in the price range that will last longer as tech improves?

Thinking:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229269

or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229271

or (because it's closer in price to the Mac Mini)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337328

The Alienware one I posted above in another post.  The other two are more expensive, but I have $$$ coming in from having sold my PC games to add to the cost.  (I still have my Steam games, and a couple others I saved.) 

While I thank you for the previous help, can I please get opinions?  Keep the Mac Mini and just use Xbox mostly, or pick from one of these?
I went to Ibuypower and Cyberpower websites - while there were good deals, I kept going too expensive, so preconfigured from Newegg is better for me.

Thanks and Merry Christmas!
 
108  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Xbox 360 games to buy/trade... Huge list of PC games on offer too. on: December 14, 2011, 12:01:16 AM
Gone
109  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF Xbox 360 games to buy/trade... Huge list of PC games on offer too. on: December 13, 2011, 02:28:57 AM
these too
110  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / SOLD on: December 12, 2011, 07:43:21 PM
Sold on Ebay
111  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help buying new PC on: December 06, 2011, 11:14:06 AM
Great details, AtomicKid, thanks!  I do still have my GTX 460 xlr8 video card - which I might sell but could hold onto if better than the twin 6790s.  The other computer you linked is out of stock at the local store.  But the details you took the time to explain are extremely helpful.

I wouldn't know the first thing about building a system, and sites like Cyberpower seem over priced.  Any ideas where to go to build a system online to make a good one under $1500?  I'd need advice on what components are worth it, or at least a place to start to catch up to the tech curve.

EDIT: Found this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229232 at Newegg for $1350.00. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
General Spec
Brand
CyberpowerPC
Model
Gamer Xtreme 1091LQ
Type
Gaming
Processor
Intel Core i7-960 3.2GHz
Processor Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Memory
12GB (6x2GB) DDR3 1333
Hard Drive
1TB (1 x 1TB) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive 1
24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB PCI-Express Graphics
Audio
Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Power Supply
800W
Keyboard
Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard
Mouse
Xtreme Gear USB Mouse
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Special Features
Coolermaster Elite 430 Gaming Tower
120mm Liquid Cooling System
Motherboard
Chipset
Intel X58
CPU
CPU Type
Intel Core i7
CPU Speed
960(3.20GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU
4 x 256KB
L3 Cache Per CPU
8MB
CPU Socket Type
LGA 1366
CPU Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type
AMD Radeon HD 6870
Graphics Interface
PCI Express 2.0 x16
Memory
Memory Capacity
12GB DDR3
Memory Speed
DDR3 1333
Form Factor
DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec
2GB x 6
Memory Slot (Total)
6
Memory Slot (Available)
0
Hard Drive
HDD Capacity
1TB
HDD Interface
SATA III
HDD RPM
7200rpm
HDD Spec
1 x 1TB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec
24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Audio
Audio Chipset
Integrated
Audio Channels
7.1 channels
Communications
LAN Chipset
Integrated
LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB
2
Back Panel Ports
PS/2
1
Rear USB
2 x USB 3.0
6 x USB 2.0
Rear IEEE 1394
1
eSATA
1
RJ45
1 port
S/P DIF
1 x Optical SPDIF Out
Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total)
3 x PCI Express x16
1 x PCI Express x1
1 x PCI
Mouse
Mouse Type
USB Mouse
Keyboard
Keyboard Type
USB Keyboard
Physical Spec
Dimensions
20.00" x 17.00" x 7.5"
Weight
30.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited
Still looking, just don't know what for...
112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Monitor, GeForce cards, various computer parts, PC games, etc. on: December 06, 2011, 04:36:29 AM
I was thinking the same thing, but I checked recent selling prices on ebay, and I aimed lower than those - most of them used items.  I'll hold off and see what happens on ebay for a few more days.  I have a bad habit of dropping asking prices too quickly and finding out I sold things at pretty low prices.  My selling skills are the direct result of sleeping through economics classes in college.  This is why my wife handles the money! paranoid

113  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need help buying new PC (I hope..) on: December 06, 2011, 12:28:25 AM
Thanks to Aflac medical reimbursement, I might be back in the game...

Please tell me what you think of this PC:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0375231

Spoiler for Hiden:
$1500.00
Specifications
General Information
Model Number    G212
Lifestyle    Home & Student
Color    Black
Operating System
Operating System    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Case & Motherboard
Form Factor    Tower
Case Orientation    Vertical
North Bridge Chipset    Intel P67 Express
South Bridge Chipset    ICH10R
Processor
CPU Brand    Intel
CPU Cores    4
CPU Type    Core i7
CPU Speed    2600K (3.4GHz)
Turbo Boost Speed    Up to 3.8GHz
Level 2 Cache    4 x 256KB
Smart Cache    8MB
FSB    5 GT/s
CPU Socket    LGA 1155
CPUs Installed    1
CPUs Supported    1
CPU Main Features    Virtualization Technology
Turbo Boost Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Idle States
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology
AES New Instructions
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Memory
Total Memory    16GB
Memory Speed    DDR3-1333
Form Factor    240-pin DIMM
Memory Configuration    4 x 4GB
Memory Slots (Total)    4
Memory Slots (Available)    0
Maximum Memory Supported    32GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity    4TB
HD Interface    SATA
HD RPM    5,400 RPM
HD Configuration    2 x 2TB
RAID    RAID 0
Solid State Drive
SSD Capacity    64GB
Multimedia Drives
Optical Drives Included    1
Optical Drive    DVD±RW
Optical Drive Specs    DVD±RW Drive - 16x DVD+R DL; 12x DVD-R DL; 22x8x22 DVD+RW; 22x6x16 DVD-RW; 48x32x48 CD-RW
Display
Display Type    Display Not Included
Video
GPU Type    AMD Radeon HD 6790
Video Memory    2GB
GPU Interface    PCIe x8
Display Interface    2 x DVI
2 x HDMI
Audio
Audio System    Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels    7.1
Communications
LAN    Gigabit LAN
LAN Data Rate Speed    10/100/1000Mbps
LAN Interface    Integrated
WLAN    Wireless LAN
Wireless Technology    802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
WLAN Data Transfer Rate    up to 300Mbps
WLAN Interface    Integrated
Bluetooth    Bluetooth
Bluetooth Interface    Integrated
Front Panel Ports
USB 2.0    4
Audio    1 x headphone
1 x microphone
eSATA 3Gb/s    1
Back Panel Ports
DVI    2
HDMI    2
DisplayPort    2
USB 2.0    8
USB 3.0    2
FireWire 400    1
eSATA 3Gb/s    1
LAN RJ-45    1
Audio    5
Digital Audio    1
Expansion Bays
External 5.25" Bays (Total)    3
External 5.25" Bays (Available)    2
External 3.5" Bays (Total)    2
External 3.5" Bays (Available)    1
Internal 3.5" Bays (Total)    5
Internal 3.5" Bays (Available)    2
Expansion Slots
PCIe x16 Slots (Total)    1
PCIe x16 Slots (Available)    0
PCIe x8 Slots (Total)    1
PCIe x8 Slots (Available)    0
PCIe x1 Slots (Total)    3
PCIe x1 Slots (Available)    2
PCI Slots (Total)    2
PCI Slots (Available)    0
Keyboard
Keyboard    Standard
Number of Keys    104
Connection Type    USB
Power Source    USB
Mouse
Mouse    Optical
Buttons    3
Connection Type    USB
Power Source    USB
Power
Power Supply    500 Watt
Combined +12V Rating    432 Watts (36A)
Physical Specifications
Width    7.25"
Depth    17.5"
Height    16"
Weight    15 lbs.
Box Size    13" x 23.5" x 29.5"
Shipping Weight    18 lbs.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box    G212 Desktop Computer, Power cord, Mouse, Keyboard, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Sheet, Recovery Media, Driver Discs
Preloaded Software    Adobe Reader 9
Microsoft Office Starter 2010
NOD32 Trial
Windows Live Essentials
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts    1 year
Labor    1 year

Or this one:

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0337328

Spoiler for Hiden:
$1000.00
Specifications
General Information
Series    Aurora
Model Number    R2
Lifestyle    Gaming
Color    Cosmic Black
Operating System
Operating System    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Case & Motherboard
Form Factor    Tower
Case Orientation    Vertical
Processor
CPU Brand    Intel
CPU Cores    4
CPU Type    Core i7
CPU Speed    860 (2.8GHz)
Turbo Boost Speed    Up to 3.46GHz
Smart Cache    8MB
FSB    DMI 2500MT/s
CPU Socket    LGA 1156
CPUs Installed    1
CPUs Supported    1
CPU Main Features    Virtualization Technology
Turbo Boost Technology
Hyper-Threading Technology
Trusted Execution Technology
Idle States
Execute Disable Bit
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel Speedstep Technology
Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Memory
Total Memory    6GB
Memory Speed    DDR3-1333
Form Factor    240-pin DIMM
Memory Configuration    3 x 2GB
Hard Drive
HD Capacity    1TB
HD Interface    SATA
HD RPM    7,200 RPM
HD Configuration    1 x 1TB
Multimedia Drives
Optical Drives Included    1
Optical Drive    DVD-ROM/CD-RW
Video
GPU Type    ATi Radeon HD 5870
Video Memory    1GB
Audio
Audio System    High Definition Audio
Audio Channels    7.1
Communications
LAN    Gigabit LAN
LAN Data Rate Speed    10/100/1000Mbps
Card Reader
Card Reader    None
Keyboard
Keyboard    Multimedia
Mouse
Mouse    Optical
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts    1 year
Labor    1 year

I know they are not similar, but is one a better deal for it's price compared to the other?  Or are they both crappy?  My possible limit is $1500.00, and I'd rather get a pre-built PC than build one on a website, unless you can recommend the best way to use the money for a PC that will last a while without the need to upgrade. 

My current monitor doesn't go to 1080, so I was also thinking possibly save some $$$ and get better monitor too.  Is going from 22" 1680 x 1050 to 27" 1920 x 1080 a worthwhile improvement?

Monitor: Viewsonic 27" $330.00
Spoiler for Hiden:
Specifications
Display
Screen Size    27"
LED Backlight    Yes
Widescreen    Yes
Aspect Ratio    16:9
Viewing Angles    170° horizontal / 160° vertical viewing angles
Maximum Resolution    1920 x 1080
Color Support    16.7 million color support
Pixel Pitch    0.3114mm
Response Time    1ms
Brightness    300 cd/m2
Native Contrast Ratio    1,200:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio    30,000,000:1
Horizontal Scan Range    24 KHz - 83 KHz horizontal scan range
Vertical Scan Range    50 Hz - 75 Hz vertical scan range
Features
Built-in Speakers    Yes
Stand Adjustment    Tilt
Features    2 HDMI inputs plus VGA input for diverse connectivity; Book stand option; Dynamic contrast ratio at 30,000,000:1; Full HD 1080p with 16:9 aspect ratio; Highest grade panel; Integrated speakers with SRS Premium Sound for multimedia applications; PC and Mac compatible; Uses 40% less power
Controls
Front Panel Controls    Power, 1, down, up, 2
Connectivity
VGA 15-pin    1
HDMI    2
Audio Input    1 x 3.5mm
Power
Voltage Required    AC 100-240V (50/60Hz)
Power Consumption Operational (Standby)    20 Watts
Certifications    Energy Star Qualified
Regulatory Approvals    CB
CE
NOM
PSB
CCC
VCCI
GS
cUL
GOST
WEEE
ROHS
UL
BSMI
MPR-II
FCC-B
ERGO
SASO
EPEAT Silver
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (WxDxH)    25.91" x 8.35" x 18.9"
Weight    10.36 lbs.
Package Contents
What's in the Box    LCD Display, Power Cable, VGA Video Cable, HDMI Cable, Audio Cable, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD (User Guide and drivers)
Manufacturer Warranty
Warranty    3 year limited warranty

As you can see, I could use some guidance!  Just encase this works out...
114  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Monitor, GeForce cards, various computer parts, PC games, etc. on: December 05, 2011, 06:13:02 PM
Bump for changes. 

Some items finally posted to ebay & craig's list.  I will cancel them if anyone here wants these. 
115  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS/FT: Wing Commander 3,4,5 + Bonus! on: December 05, 2011, 05:55:38 PM
Just found this collection in a box in my bedroom closet, and forgot I had offered to sell it!

So, bump...

Also would trade for Xbox 360 games.  A few I'm interested in (Collector's Editions if you have them!) : Fable III, Dead Island, Dead Space 2, various shooters / action-adventure type games.  Already have Rage, Skyrim, Fallout 3, Red Dead Redemption, etc. to name a few.

Or $60!  Thanks.

116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Deus Ex: Human Revolution on: December 03, 2011, 06:26:49 PM
I had bought DE:HR on Steam and played toward the end of the first mission after getting augmentations.  Then my computer died, and while the game is still on Steam waiting for me, it might be months before I can get a new PC, if I ever do.  (I'm writing this from my Macbook Air.)

However, I still have my 360.  I loved the first DE, played most of the second (both on the PC), and enjoyed what I played so far in the new one. 

But is the game good enough to merit re-buying it for the console?  Or should I just wait until I hopefully get a new PC?  I have plenty to keep me occupied, so it's not an urgent need to fill the void, but it the game was fun. 
117  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Computer parts for sale, games, etc. on: November 23, 2011, 01:13:18 AM
Please don't make me go to ebay!   crybaby
118  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: $59.99 Steam bucks for $55.00 on: November 21, 2011, 09:45:32 PM
Still available.   icon_smile
119  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: $59.99 Steam bucks for $55.00 on: November 21, 2011, 06:48:54 PM
Still available.  Would give Steam money for Rage, Batman Arkham City, Wireless N adapter, Gears of War 3, or other xbox 360 games, etc.
120  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Computer parts for sale on: November 17, 2011, 11:19:24 PM
Thought there would be more interest in these...

Anyway, off to CL or ebay this weekend if nothing here.

Also have my 9800 GTX that works flawlessly in my parent's computer.  Let that one go for $40 shipped. 
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