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Nov 19 14

Ooooh, a package from TigerDirect……

by ComputerAbuser

PaperClipsBack when TigerDirect was offering $30 off and free shipping, I was able to score an Intel i3-4150 for $95 (before tax).

Ya, I know I complained that there wasn’t anything worth buying.  Well, this actually worked out to be a good deal.

Anyway, the price was a few cents short of $125, so I had to add filler and ended up adding paper clips.

Well, I received the package today and they sent the paper clips separately in a large box.

Damn, that couldn’t have been cheap.  Maybe going forward they could offer the deal when you spend $125 +/- $1.

 

ComputerAbuser

Nov 6 14

TigerDirect.ca $30 off $125 plus Free Shipping – Awesome? Not Really

by ComputerAbuser

TD SaleTigerDirect.ca is often having weekly sales, whether it’s $15 off $100, $10 off $50 or like right now, $30 off $125.

Combined with the Free Shipping promo that they have right now, you would think that you could grab a pretty sweet deal.

Well maybe on some stuff, but not video cards (or CPUs or SSDs….).  After the $30 discount, you might save $5 or $10 off of competitor prices, but that’s hardly very exciting.

I want to get something that is on sale.  Something that is already a good price and then knock off $30, that’s customer appreciation!

Nov 6 14

Looking to Upgrade Video Card, Not Much has Changed.

by ComputerAbuser

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850I was thinking that the Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB GDDR5 video card that I purchased for my HTPC 3 years ago was getting a little old and that it was time to upgrade.

I was able to pick it up for $140 back then and it’s been a great card.

So what can you get for $140 today?  Well, without mail-in-rebates, you are looking at something in the Radeon R7 260X range.  Is that an upgrade?  BARELY!.

In fact, looking at the numbers, the difference probably wouldn’t even be that noticeable.

With mail-in-rebates and sales, you can often find a R9 270/270X for that price, which is a bit of an upgrade, but considering my card is 3 years old, that’s kinda sad.

With Black Friday around the corner, I’m hoping to get a good deal on a R9 280/285/280X, which would be a definite improvement.

Feb 8 14

General Mills changes free movie offer in 2014

by ComputerAbuser

General Mills Cineplex 2014In previous years, February was the free movie month for the General Mills / Cineplex promotion, but they changed things up a bit this year.

I didn’t find out until I finally got a hold of some Almond Oatmeal Crisp cereal.

This year, Feb, Mar and May are 2 for 1 and April is the Free month.

 

Oh well, Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April, so it’s not all bad.

 

ComputerAbuser

Jan 2 14

Cineplex / General Mills Free Movie Offer is back!!

by ComputerAbuser

General Mills Cineplex LogoI meant to post this a few weeks ago, but while at the grocery store I noticed that the Old El Paso taco kits had new Cineplex coupons on them, indicating that the Cineplex General Mills Free Movie Offer is back once again.

The Cineplex site mentions the promotion, but doesn’t have any details.

http://www.cineplex.com/Promos/GeneralMills.aspx

From what I can tell, it’s the same offer as last year, although I haven’t seen any cereal boxes yet to confirm.

read more…

Jan 2 14

My 2nd Alienware 14 is also defective!!

by ComputerAbuser
Alienware 14

Alienware 14

So, I sent back the first Alienware 14 that Dell sent me because the rubber coating on the palm rest started to peal off.

It was only a couple of weeks old, so I figured I might as well have them replace the whole thing… just in case.

Rather than send me a replacement first, I had to send mine back and then they sent the replacement.  It took almost a month, but I finally received the replacement last Friday.

The first laptop worked perfectly fine.  It only had the issue with the palm rest.

The replacement I just received has a defective screen.  :(

Rather than have them replace the whole thing again, I’m going to let them send a tech out and just replace the screen.

I probably should have just let them replace the palm rest last time.  Karma I guess.

 

ComputerAbuser

Oct 25 13

A New Alienware 14 Is On The Way

by ComputerAbuser
Alienware 14 (2013)

Alienware 14 (2013)

Well, after humming and hawing for two weeks I finally decided on the 2013 Alienware 14 from Dell.

The Inspiron 17R Special Edition (7720) I ordered back in May just didn’t cut it.

I sent back the Latitude E6540 without opening it.

I almost went with the Latitude 3540, but a few things just didn’t work for me. read more…

Oct 25 13

Dell Advantage Loyalty Program Now in Canada

by ComputerAbuser

Dell Advantage US Promo ImageAfter being available for years in the US, Dell has finally launched the Advantage Loyalty Program here in Canada.

http://www.dell.com/learn/ca/en/cadhs1/campaigns/advantage-cards

We don’t get the free 2nd day shipping like they do in the US, but we do get the 5% cash back (via gift card) offer.  I suppose it’s not really cash back as much as a discount towards your next purchase that expires in 90 days, but it’s better than nothing.  :)

 

ComputerAbuser

Oct 15 13

I Ordered a Dell Latitude E6540

by ComputerAbuser

Well, on a whim I ordered a Latitude E6540 from Dell the other day.

I’ve been waiting for a decent laptop with a Haswell processor and discrete graphics since July and the E6540 seemed to fit the bill.  It wasn’t cheap ($1700), but it included an Intel i7-4800MQ Quad-core CPU and an AMD Radeon HD 8790M GPU.  It would also work with my Dell pr02x dock, had a 1080p anti-glare screen and included a 500GB SSD (or so I thought).

I didn’t want to spend that much, but I figured for a 500GB SSD (worth about $400) it was worth it.  After placing the order I read the specs closer and realized it came with a 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive, not a 500GB Solid State Drive.  Man, rarely does one work make such a difference.

Without the 500GB SSD, I decided it was not worth $1775 to me, maybe closer to $1400 – $1500.  I sent a request to cancel it (2 hours later) but the rep had left for the day.  It will probably be delivered today or tomorrow.  I’ve already notified Dell that I will be sending it back without opening it.

And so my quest for a new laptop continues.

 

ComputerAbuser

Jul 15 13

Finally Finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution

by ComputerAbuser

Well, somehow it took me 120 hours (according to Steam), but I finally finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution this weekend.

I was EXTREMELY thorough.  Every computer or security panel that could be hacked, I hacked.  Regardless of whether I had the code or not.  I also played Pacifist and avoided killing anyone my entire play-though (or so I had thought, see below).  The benefit was that I had an insane amount of XP by the end.  I was able to upgrade almost every single augmentation.

Long before I reached the 2nd boss I had already upgraded everything that I wanted to.

Once the credits started rolling, though, I realized that the Pacifist achievement never popped up.  I was also expecting the Foxiest of the Hounds achievement as well, but that also never came.

Turns out that I killed some people during the prologue (before you get augmented or are given the option of a non-lethal weapon), so I lost the option within the first hour of playing.

I know in my heart that the moment I was given a tranquillizer gun and given the option to not kill people, that not a single human was injured by my hand.  I was extremely careful and continuously reloaded from my save files whenever something went wrong.  It just sucks that I lost the achievement before I even knew you could play non-lethal.

 

ComputerAbuser