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post #31 of 148
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Yeah the plan now is for a 59" Sammy. Need to just pull the trigger. As for tv, it's worked out great so far. Sure there's a lot I miss from cable but eh, it's out of sight out of mind really. I rent BDs too so I catch a few shows on disc from time to time. As for sports if there's a game I want to watch I'll just go to the local pub or Hooters or somewhere similar to catch it. I enjoy the social experience more, to be honest. I will never intentionally go back to paying for tv service the way it's set up now. There's just too many options available.
post #32 of 148
I might just have to give it a try then. With my schedule and everything, I rarely watch TV on time plus i'm not that much into sports. If I watch it's usually with friends or actually going out to see the game live if possible.
post #33 of 148
Good Afternoon and a Very Merry Christmas PC.

Hope all is well with you and your son.
post #34 of 148
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Just a quick update to my system. It's moved to the adjacent wall because the room flows better this way. It sits in front of my fireplace now but come on, this is Texas lol. Anyway not much has changed other than the addition of a Panny BD85K and a new computer build. The receiver is getting up there in age but it still works and I only have two sources so I don't really have a pressing need at the moment. The Panny is connected via analog 5.1 so I get hi-rez that way and the computer is connected via Toslink but it serves its purpose right now. I wanted to upgrade my tv but I've started to think and I might wait for more of the 21:9 sets or see what rolls around next year in 4k. Maybe I'm being too optimistic but eh, the tv works for me so I'm gonna wait a bit.

I've also put together a few pics of the bedroom "setup". It's just a 42" Panny 720p set with a 160GB PS3, Panamax Max5100 powercenter, and a Bello stand. Hardly a "setup" but again it works for my needs. Anyway here's a few pics, video coming soonish:

Living room:









Bedroom:



Ignore the dusty lamp lol.





Sorry for the poor quality, it's a camera phone lol.
post #35 of 148
What are the specs on that PC? I'm a builder myself--although with the fall of equipment-race inducing software like Crysis and Crysis: Warhead (still two of the best looking I've ever witnessed), I haven't needed to do a build since 2009. (rocking GTX285's overclocked in Tri-SLI.)
post #36 of 148
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Quick and dirty:

1100T @ 4.0 on air
Coolermaster V8 cooler
Gigabyte 990FXUD5
16GB Corsair Dominator @ 1666
Sapphire 6950 2GB in X-fire stock
X-fi Fatal1ty @ 24/96
Killer 2100
Intel 80M SSD bootdrive
A couple of WD 1 and 2 TB green and blue drives for data and games
OCZ ModXtreme 750 watt
HAF X

The power supply needs to be upgraded so I can have some breathing room. Looking at the 80+ Plat Seasonic 1000 watt supply. It's pretty sweet and I doubt I'd ever need anything more. I also went AMD knowing Intel offers better performance for the watt but eh I've been an AMD guy for so long now I've just stuck with them. Plus their upgrade path is much easier to comprehend versus Intel. Intel does though make the best SSDs hands down and I won't ever go with another company unless they just get out of the biz altogether (which I heard is a slight possibility). Skyrim plays super smooth even without Xfire and Crysis screams. I'm pretty happy with it.
post #37 of 148
Yeah know pcweber, you pulled off the in front of the fireplace setup very nicely. I am thinking about doing the exact same thing and put the Sammy on a stand right inf ront of the fireplace instead of mounting it up 6ft in the air over the mantel. That would allow me to move my setup to the living room and enable me to enjoy my nice new sofa I just purchased the other day. We will see how it goes. Cable management looks much better this time around, so good job there. And get that little one a savings account now so he can start saving the monies, lol, because he will need it for the expensive hobby we have gotten ourselves into.
post #38 of 148
That moment when you're crossing a seemingly empty field in Skyrim, and you hear the beating wings and throaty roar of a dragon in your surround speakers.....so you turn you character around, just in time to see a Frost dragon diving toward you, mouth agape as the center channel produces the sound of an icicle assault as it spews from the dragon's mouth...

I wish more gamers had HT systems. The sound designers really did a great job with Skyrim, Crysis 2, and also (shocker) The Witcher 2.
post #39 of 148
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

That moment when you're crossing a seemingly empty field in Skyrim, and you hear the beating wings and throaty roar of a dragon in your surround speakers.....so you turn you character around, just in time to see a Frost dragon diving toward you, mouth agape as the center channel produces the sound of an icicle assault as it spews from the dragon's mouth...
I wish more gamers had HT systems. The sound designers really did a great job with Skyrim, Crysis 2, and also (shocker) The Witcher 2.

Boy you aren't kidding. It's pretty impressive. To me sound advances have been just as exciting as visual advances in games. More so in some cases. Walking across the frozen tundra or through a forest in Skyrim and hearing the faint bellows of a dragon off in the distance, all the while hearing the stream make it's way down the mountain, the wind rustle through the trees, and the sounds of wolves up on the peaks, man it's something else. Skyrim has probably some of the best game audio I've ever heard, hands down. It's a downright wonder what they did with that game. Combine it with a somewhat decent home theater system and really, it's more rewarding than watching a movie. I'm amazed each time I play the game because I hear something new. smile.gif

I have a new receiver. Got an AVR-3310CI from a neighbor selling his system. The unit has the infamous dead ethernet port so I can't really take advantage of network audio but eh that's why my computer is hooked to the tv. I just wanted it for the HDMI switching and hi-rez audio. The 4802 was a beast and had served me well but it needed to go. I actually made money selling it when I bought the newer receiver. Sold the old one for $250 and he let me have the new one for $150 so I can't really complain. Once I decide to upgrade I'll throw it in the bedroom when I decide to upgrade that system. Speaking of that, I have a 360 now too. Got one free as a prize at an office party. Been itching to get back into Halo among other games; guess this is a good way to do it. It was the 4GB w/ Kinect bundle. I ended up getting a 320GB HDD and upgrading it. Man what a difference compared to my old 20GB first gen box. Night and day. Here's some pics of both:

450

450
post #40 of 148
PCWeber I have the 4310 and replaced the network card myself. it was very easy and I bought it directly from Denon. I can send you the directions on how to change it if your are interested. JT
post #41 of 148
Thread Starter 
Sure. The only issue is I've heard that the 3310 tends to have finicky network cards. I don't want to replace it only to have it fail in a year. Still, I wouldn't mind as long as it's not too much. Keep in mind I only invested $100 in it. smile.gif
post #42 of 148
Happy Thanksgiving, pcweb!!
post #43 of 148
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Thanks! It's eatin' time! biggrin.gif
post #44 of 148
Hope you had a great thanks giving day pcweb
post #45 of 148
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Thanks, I did. We ate too much as usual. Black Friday midnight at Best Buy was underwhelming too as I didn't really see anything worth it. I ended up buying BDs from Target lol. Anyway onto more shopping this weekend.

-Phil
post #46 of 148
You did some midnight BF shopping? Nice. Anything in particular you have your eye on?
post #47 of 148
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Well BB did have a 55 LED for 799, but other than that no, not really. This is the first black Friday in awhile that I haven't really been after anything. I was with my brother as he got an Xbox but other than that it was kinda 'meh'. Most of what I want isn't on sale during black Friday so it's just a matter of coming across any BD or game deals. Microcenter didn't have any deals either and I normally fall back on them to provide something but alas, nothing. Of course I did just build another computer and there's really not a whole lot else I need at the moment so maybe that's it. Well, there's stuff I want but nothing I'm willing to splurge on atm. I am getting my son his first tablet though: the LeapPad 2. It's pretty slick and at 4 he's in the perfect age bracket for it. I just hope he doesn't bemoan the fact that it's not an ipad. lol

Now that I think about it, I did just get a second hand Canon G12 and want the lens tube adapter plus whatever else I can add to the camera. I'm in a bit of a photography mood and I wanted to start small and work my way up to an SLR. This is just about the best P&S I've seen and it has all the manual control of the big boys so I'll probably geek out over it for awhile until I feel I'm ready to commit to a decent SLR. Maybe next year.

What about yourself?
post #48 of 148
Did you buy the 55 LED? Nice score on the camera. I haven't done any BF shopping. Actually I did buy the Bond 50 box set when it was Amazon's 'deal of the day'.

You know your son wants an ipad.tongue.gif
post #49 of 148
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Nah I'm not really an LCD fan. Good deal but I'm also moving in a few months so I have furniture in mind. TV can wait a bit. Besides I'm more concerned about a real speaker upgrade than anything. Just trying to decide on what to do. As for the camera, thanks! It's a fairly nice camera for what I got it for. No SLR but damn close. I'm probably gonna look at what mid-range DSLR Canon has coming this next year and keep this one as a secondary point and shoot. On the ipad, oh I know he wants one lol. No question on that. My brother has tainted him with his when he brings it over. This is strictly an MS house though; he can wait until I get my Surface Pro once they're released if he wants Angry Birds. wink.gif

As for the Bond score, nice! What did you pay for it? I've wanted the Bond films for awhile but I just never get around to buying them.
post #50 of 148
Where you moving to? Did you sell your van down by the river?biggrin.gif DSLR's are nice. We have a mid-range Canon Rebel DSLR. You'll find the lenses are more expensive than the camera itself. Sounds like your brother is brining your son up on the good fruit of life. Everyone needs an Apple a day.wink.gif Plus you don't want your poor kids Angry Birds to crash on his buggy MS device.tongue.gif

Amazon had the Bond 50 blu-ray box set at $99.99 for their deal of the day last week. It sold out pretty fast. That breaks down to just a bit over $4.50 per movie.

http://www.amazon.com/Bond-50-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B006U1J5ZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353993784&sr=8-1&keywords=bond+50+blu-ray
post #51 of 148
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

Where you moving to? Did you sell your van down by the river?biggrin.gif DSLR's are nice. We have a mid-range Canon Rebel DSLR. You'll find the lenses are more expensive than the camera itself. Sounds like your brother is brining your son up on the good fruit of life. Everyone needs an Apple a day.wink.gif Plus you don't want your poor kids Angry Birds to crash on his buggy MS device.tongue.gif
Amazon had the Bond 50 blu-ray box set at $99.99 for their deal of the day last week. It sold out pretty fast. That breaks down to just a bit over $4.50 per movie.
http://www.amazon.com/Bond-50-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B006U1J5ZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353993784&sr=8-1&keywords=bond+50+blu-ray

That's a good buy Wabo.
post #52 of 148
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Well BB did have a 55 LED for 799, but other than that no, not really. This is the first black Friday in awhile that I haven't really been after anything. I was with my brother as he got an Xbox but other than that it was kinda 'meh'. Most of what I want isn't on sale during black Friday so it's just a matter of coming across any BD or game deals. Microcenter didn't have any deals either and I normally fall back on them to provide something but alas, nothing. Of course I did just build another computer and there's really not a whole lot else I need at the moment so maybe that's it. Well, there's stuff I want but nothing I'm willing to splurge on atm. I am getting my son his first tablet though: the LeapPad 2. It's pretty slick and at 4 he's in the perfect age bracket for it. I just hope he doesn't bemoan the fact that it's not an ipad. lol
Now that I think about it, I did just get a second hand Canon G12 and want the lens tube adapter plus whatever else I can add to the camera. I'm in a bit of a photography mood and I wanted to start small and work my way up to an SLR. This is just about the best P&S I've seen and it has all the manual control of the big boys so I'll probably geek out over it for awhile until I feel I'm ready to commit to a decent SLR. Maybe next year.
What about yourself?

If he's old enough to pronounce "iPad," he probably wants one......but the LeapPad should be enough to satisfy most kids. If he does ask for an IPad, feel free to let him know he can have one as soon as he gets a job biggrin.gif
post #53 of 148
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

If he's old enough to pronounce "iPad," he probably wants one......but the LeapPad should be enough to satisfy most kids. If he does ask for an IPad, feel free to let him know he can have one as soon as he gets a job biggrin.gif

Some schools over here are making it cumpulsory for kids to use iPads in classes now.
post #54 of 148
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That's a good buy Wabo.

It finally shipped today. That's what you get when you select free super saving shipping.wink.gif
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

If he's old enough to pronounce "iPad," he probably wants one......but the LeapPad should be enough to satisfy most kids. If he does ask for an IPad, feel free to let him know he can have one as soon as he gets a job biggrin.gif

Just cut out an Apple symbol and glue it to the back. He'll never know the difference.biggrin.gif
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Some schools over here are making it cumpulsory for kids to use iPads in classes now.

So who's picking up the tab on these required iPads? The parents or the taxpayers?
post #55 of 148
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So who's picking up the tab on these required iPads? The parents or the taxpayers?

Parents frown.gif
post #56 of 148
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

Where you moving to? Did you sell your van down by the river?biggrin.gif DSLR's are nice. We have a mid-range Canon Rebel DSLR. You'll find the lenses are more expensive than the camera itself. Sounds like your brother is brining your son up on the good fruit of life. Everyone needs an Apple a day.wink.gif Plus you don't want your poor kids Angry Birds to crash on his buggy MS device.tongue.gif
Amazon had the Bond 50 blu-ray box set at $99.99 for their deal of the day last week. It sold out pretty fast. That breaks down to just a bit over $4.50 per movie.
http://www.amazon.com/Bond-50-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B006U1J5ZY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353993784&sr=8-1&keywords=bond+50+blu-ray

I'm moving right across the complex lol. Next building over. Bigger apt.. He needs the space. Heck I need the space. Plus it will give me the chance to put together a little system for his room lol. He's going to be the only four year old in his class with a home theater system in his room haha.
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Originally Posted by BrolicBeast View Post

If he's old enough to pronounce "iPad," he probably wants one......but the LeapPad should be enough to satisfy most kids. If he does ask for an IPad, feel free to let him know he can have one as soon as he gets a job biggrin.gif

Ha, yeah no kidding. My mom said just get him an ipad mini. I said first he's four, and second, no lol. He will enjoy the leapad 2 I know it. In fact I kinda want to see all it can do.
post #57 of 148
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Just a quick update. Got some new half-height bookshelves from Ikea for my BDs. Much better than what I did with them before; i.e. all sitting on my dining room table. lol

post #58 of 148
Hows that WD Cavier Green treating you? I have a few of there 3tb models and have had no issues. It always seems like a lot of people complain about them rolleyes.gif Nice BD bookshelf!

Happy Holidays!
post #59 of 148
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For backup drives they're actually very good. Low power, goes to sleep when not accessed, and pretty reliable. For media drives though they can be a bit irksome as they need to "wake" when you access them. Once you're watching or listening of course there's no issue but it's the slight lag when first accessing them that's a bit on the annoying side. Nothing too bad though but I think I'll probably keep the two I have and use them for backups and get some blues or reds (if I NAS) for media/games I don't want on the two SSDs. More cache space as well on the blues and reds (blacks too but I don't really want to spend the premium for those).

edit As for the media shelves, thanks, they really work well. I didn't really want a full height shelves so I opted for two smaller units side by side. It works although my new apt. I will have a built-in full height shelf so I might not need them. I could always use them in my bedroom though and I might give one to my son for his room.
post #60 of 148
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Just a quick update. Got some new half-height bookshelves from Ikea for my BDs. Much better than what I did with them before; i.e. all sitting on my dining room table. lol

Nice! I stacked two half-height bookshelves for media storage...also better than my previous method of keeping blu ray discs in CD storage books (I used to throw away the cases and extras.)
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