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Old 03-06-2009, 01:19 AM   #11
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the antec piece has a built in IR reciever, and controlling the tuner with that receiver is what I was referring to also.
here is the link to the manufacturers page on it http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NzEx
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According to the manual, that should work.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:36 AM   #13
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yeah i am just digging around that site at the moment. It also comes with software compatable with mce, vista and xp.
So far Im looking pretty good I think.
I picked this drive, looks a little more stealth IMO and only $8 more, same readability and its a sony so it cant be that bad. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827118023
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:41 AM   #14
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I trust Samsung more than Sony for some reason, so at the same price, if you want the all-black stealth look, go for this.

Seriously, you will not see the tiny bit of white...I guarantee it. I have 2 of these drives and my computer is literally 2 feet in front of me and I can't see it.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:55 AM   #15
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done, samsung one it is...saved all as wishlist. $800cdn shipped. I added a zalman 9500 cpu cooler and I still need a psu, I saw the one you posted earlier...but $100 makes me wonder.
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What do you mean? That OCZ PSU is amazing..I have the 500W version. If you have headroom, I'd look for a better case IMHO.
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dont take this wrong, because Im not familiar with costs for computer parts....but $100 for a power supply took me back, as it seemed to me quite pricey. As I said tho, Im not familiar with parts or their prices so forgive any ignorance.
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Sorry...I couldn't find the link for this before...that will do just fine. BTW...PSUs in USD usually cost 40-70 dollars for a "good" one. I'm assuming that works out close to 80-100 in CAD but idk..I got sick of converting in google. I was also factoring in the rebate (by converting as well...ugh) and so that's why I recommended it.

All I'm saying is this: You can use the one that comes with the case but chances are it's a generic POS. If it goes out in a fury of overvoltage, don't come crying and say I didn't warn you when everything is fried in your 'puter
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alright, ive got another question. Would it be cheaper to mod my current computer with upgrades? current comp:
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-...tag=mncol;psum
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You could re-use your hard drive and your optical drive. Everything else is going to be very outdated. MB, RAM, CPU are worthless, and the case is going to mATX and a very poor power supply. I'd plan a build similar to what we've been discussing.
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