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#1 BriankLizard93

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 12:36 AM

Hello CAGs! After a long while of applying for jobs, I FINALLY landed one last month. I've been working a lot of overtime and am quickly accumulating extra money. SOOOOOO, I would like to find some stuff to make my bedroom a great gaming hub. What I'm looking for:

- A 1080 HD TV (No more than 40 inches)
- Some new HD cables for my (fat) Xbox
- A wireless adapter for my fat Xbox
- A comfy beanbag (or other VERY cheap seat)
- Any other suggestions

I'd like to keep this at a VERY low cost. From my searching I've found everything for about $400. I'd like your suggestions. Thanks. :D

#2 Sanges99

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:17 PM

Oh, is that all you need?!

Sorry, usually when I see threads asking for advice on here it's for one specific thing, and then here you are with an entire entertainment center--aside from the tv stand. :-P

My two cents:

* RIGHT NOW is the time to look for a beanbag or other "Back To College" style comfy seating. RUN to your nearest big box store (Target, Big Lots, Walmart) because I know that, at least around where I am, beanbags and those odd-shaped "square pillows with arm-knubs" can only be found this time of year for the kids heading off to dorms.

* Does your old-style 360 have an HDMI slot, or is it THAT old? If it does, you don't even want to look at other options, just headover to MonoPrice.com and you can pickup a set for a quarter of what you'd pay in the stores (or if you feel the need, Amazon.com now sells their own brand of HDMI cables through what they call AmazonBasics). If you haven't heard the reality of these cables yet, all hdmi cables are almost identical, go ahead, Google it.

EDIT: I was getting so worked up looking for links about HDMI cables I forgot to mention that if your 360 is so old that it only has the "video out" port, you could look into ordering one of these: Microsoft Branded Component Cable sets. I'm thinking though, if you're 360 is that old you might already have this since they discontinued them with the newer models and started shipping them with regular composite cables. Just make sure to slide the switch to HD and then also change the Display settings on your console. And then there's also the VGA cable route you could go. Technically speaking, your LCD/Plasma tv's VGA mode (chances are, the same as what your PC is hooked up to your monitor with) is the next-best picture you can get besides HDMI *but* the problem is that the cables themselves are a crapshoot based on who makes them--the reviews are all over the place from brand-to-brand, and then the Microsoft ones always sell for a heap of cash. Walmart.com looks like one of the only major retailers to carry them on their site anymore (probably because more and more people simply use their HDMI port) but I found this one is rated OK and is fairly cheap.


* About your wireless adapter, my thought is... how well do you know basic router setup? Depending on your physical living arrangement and assuming you have a wireless router somewhere, I'd suggest getting a more useful device than a wireless adapter that's specific for your Xbox and instead think about getting a wireless bridge like this Trendnet TEW-680MB or this similar Buffalo bridge actually, that price is amazing compared to similar devices right now. With a dedicated "wifi box" (as some of the yokels like to call 'em), you generally get better reception AND you can jack anything with an ethernet port into it (TV, blu-ray player, other consoles, etc).

* As for a TV, I just read over at SlickDeals that Walmart.com was having a refurb TV sale, but that's kind of sketchy whenever it's refurbished--cheap, but sketchy. I know from my BestBuy.com newsletter that usually a couple days a week they feature a cheap TV as one of their One-Day Only Sales. And also, while you're looking at beanbags in Target, they're having a decent sale on TVs right now, too like this little guy. Just remember that if you're working with limited space, to take down the measurements and bring them with you to the store as the actual dimensions of the TV can vary so greatly from brand-to-brand and model-to-model.

Hope any of this helps. G'luck.

Edited by Sanges99, 07 September 2012 - 02:35 PM.

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#3 madcyantist

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:23 PM

Wireless adapter.. throw DD-WRT or tomato on a compatible router and put it in bridge mode.

Bean bag.. http://stores.ebay.com/cozysac

I own the 7.5' one. It's great to lie in and read but for gaming I like a more erect position. A smaller size may help but the 7.5' is too large for that. Also check out the Sumo Omni for $149.

#4 Sanges99

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:22 PM

Wireless adapter.. throw DD-WRT or tomato on a compatible router and put it in bridge mode.

Bean bag.. http://stores.ebay.com/cozysac

I own the 7.5' one. It's great to lie in and read but for gaming I like a more erect position. A smaller size may help but the 7.5' is too large for that. Also check out the Sumo Omni for $149.


You missed the part where he said "VERY cheap" eh?

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#5 madcyantist

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

You missed the part where he said "VERY cheap" eh?


Cozysac, IMO, is very cheap in regards to the foam bean bag market.

You don't buy a POS bean bag from walmart or target.

#6 Sanges99

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 02:41 PM

Cozysac, IMO, is very cheap in regards to the foam bean bag market.

You don't buy a POS bean bag from walmart or target.


Hey, I'm with ya' on not buying furniture you'll toss in 6 months, but the OP did say he was trying to get out under $400, that's total, and that includes the tv. Pretty sure if that's this guy's budget, he A) probably doesn't have the money to throw a quarter of his budget on a chair, and B) probably doesn't have the space either from the sound of it. But that's all assumptions, and reading comprehension.

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#7 BriankLizard93

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

lol. Assumption A: Kinda true. I'm getting extra money, but not to the degree of shelling out a huge amount of money on a chair. Though I did find those beanbag chairs nice ( I may get one some other time)
Assumption B: I have a moderate amount of space, but I don't see the need to get a huge fancy tv for (mostly) just myself.

I've thought about a bridge for awhile, actually. So this does make me more inclined to get one.

For the tv, I found this. http://www.amazon.co...node=1266092011

That is too good of a deal to pass up if you ask me, and I know someone with a TCL, and it's a nice tv. Although if I go with that tv, I'll probably spend around 500 total. Oh well. XD

Thanks for the input. :)

#8 BriankLizard93

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 11:47 PM

Woo! I found this TV:
http://www.ebay.com/...=p2047675.l2644

I bought it new for $280. :) Hooray for the only NEW auction they had. This will make everything else easier to buy, as I won't have the budget to worry about as much.