TechSpot's Staff Holiday Picks @ TTG, Part Deux

By Julio Franco ยท 28 replies
Nov 30, 2009
  1. As mentioned earlier on, this year TechSpot took part on a collaborative effort to bring a comprehensive holiday gift guide for techies covering computer products, HDTV and home theater equipment, smartphones, gaming, cameras and personal tech.

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  2. saintbodhisatva

    saintbodhisatva TS Rookie Posts: 59

    They are a bit on the expensive side though, It would be nice to have gift ideas that are about ~$50ish. Still good though if its just for the significant other.
  3. Fada

    Fada TS Rookie Posts: 34

    that slingbox is so expensive, in Ireland you can get a Philips dvd recorder with a 160gb harddrive and digital tuner for about 150 euro.
    I love philips, i really do, best consumer stuff out there in my opinion.
  4. +1 for the HAF. Such an excellent case.
  5. matchu

    matchu TS Enthusiast Posts: 100

    I want the HAF. Found it on a Canadian site for 100 bucks! but s/h is 40... damn. I need to find a local store that has it on sale.
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +168

    "With flagship graphics cards now measuring over 9 inches long". Over 11" and even over 12" long is more like what we have today.
  7. Regenweald

    Regenweald TS Rookie Posts: 143

  8. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I'm just wondering, would the HAF 932 be able to house a Radeon 5970? Since it's such a long card?
  9. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    the coolermaster casing seems nice, too bad the SSD drives are still too expensive for my part of the world.

    the slingbox is a cool concept, hummm do i need one!

    thanks for the info ...

  10. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125 has a then HAF 932 for 100 bucks with free shipping TODAY MONDAY
    as part of their cyber monday sales
  11. ColdPreacher

    ColdPreacher TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Would be nice to receive any of these for xmas :)
  12. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 181

    Great Case..a bit expensive tho..
  13. claycc

    claycc TS Rookie Posts: 43

    I have never been a big fan of the look of the HAF 932 (I like its smaller brother the 922) but it is a extrememly function case and extremely popular for people looking for a reasonably prices full tower case.

    @BlackIrish - The HAF should be able to fit a 5970.
  14. swilllx2p

    swilllx2p TS Rookie Posts: 127

    Thats a great idea, I would love to see a list of of nice tech gifts for $50 and under. I'm already spending about $1k on a laptop for my wife this year..gotta save on the rest of the tech stuff.
  15. AbsolutGaloot

    AbsolutGaloot TS Rookie Posts: 92

    The coolermaster looks nice, but I have been a longtime fan of Antec and have a 1200 tower. I love being able to do stuff inside my computer without slicing my hands up.

    I also would like to see a list of excellent tech gifts under $50, it would be nice to get my family some new toys but so much of what they've shown interest in is super expensive.
  16. Moltar

    Moltar TS Rookie Posts: 55

    +1 for the HAF. I agree with saintbodhisatva. All of the gifts seem to be on the expensive side. It would have been nice to see a list of great idea in the sub $50 price range.
  17. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Look like I have no choice in going into a full case soon. Getting a bit cramped in my case, and eventually I'll have another GTX260 and like, 4 HDs, lol.
  18. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    I impressed with the HAF to replace to my 9 year old metal tower case. The problem with my tower is with the air flow in it that there is hardly any. Also I laughed at the 9 inch long video card comment as I just replaced the motherbord and still have a problem. The SATA connectors on the motherboard are close to were video card is position and no case is going to help as the SATA cords would have drap over the video card where the card's fan is located. I moved the card to another slot as the motherboard has two which was lucky for me.
  19. The HAF is a great case,bought my one just after seeing the review here at techspot.
    My friend was looking at the review and he left firefox open when he left for work and after seeing it,i left a note on his pc telling him that was my next chassis.I bought it about a month later as a replacement for the antec 1200.
  20. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    That HAF is definitely pretty sweet. Cooler Master has a knack for making great full towers. I really like their idea of putting a big fan with an LED up in the front. I have a similar case to that one actually. It's not quite as neat-looking, but it's similar in design and I LOVE this thing. If I ever need a new case, I'd get that one.
  21. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    Oh, almost forgot. I wanted to post about the OCZ drive. I still can't quite justify spending nearly 375 bucks on 120 gigabytes of storage. The performance gains may be enormous in certain aspects, but for the limited amount of storage and the price tag, it just hasn't matured enough for me to want to spend money like that on a hard drive. For a graphics card? MAYBE! But even then I'd want it to go cheaper than that. As a rule, I don't like spending much more than 300 dollars on anything unless it's well and truly revolutionary or worthwhile for what I'm paying.
  22. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

  23. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    Yeah it's still too pricey. Just look at the deals you get right now for a Terrabyte of storage. You can get a terrabyte of storage for about 150 bucks. For twice the price, you get 1/8th that size? That's just way too small. I'm running a 160 gig hard drive and that's just barely enough space because I'm a gamer and I need the space for the games I play. If I were to buy a solid state drive for my personal usage preferences, I'd need an affordable one that would have enough space and offer my performance gains all around instead of just OS based performance gains. I'd want my game files to get the same benefits the rest of the system is getting. Otherwise, for me, there would be hardly any point.
  24. TechDisciple

    TechDisciple TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Good HAF Case, But still way too pricey.

    The SD looking good but the storage size suks for that price tag.

    Slingbox would be nice, but then again i have no use for one.
  25. ken777

    ken777 TS Rookie Posts: 103

    Just picked up a HAF 932 last week. Great case with tons of room and airflow. CPU and graphics cards are both running several C lower than previous case. Just wish it had some dust filters for the fan intakes.
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