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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022


Malaphax
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It's time... to spend recklessly. 

  • Playstation 5 (?) - This would be a pure impulse buy, almost entirely for God of War: Ragnarok, and some other PS5 exclusive games.  I normally make better financial decisions...
  • Fractal Torrent Case - I want to re-home my system.  My current define 7 is great when idle , but the airflow is poor so when gaming everything spins to 100% and it's loud as hell.
  • Webcam - these aren't in such short supply anymore and some new/better stuff has come out this last year.  I'll probably keep it simple but I should have one. 
  • MX Master 3S - I have an older MX Master 2 I use at work that has been slowly getting chewed up, I'd like to replace it.  I don't want full ergo and the side scroll-wheel is nice for excel stuff. 
  • KVM / USB Hub switch (?) - Not sure if I need anything like this but it might make some work from home easier if I can use my own monitors/peripherals.
  • Router (?) - My current AC88U is fine, but I have had some minor issues that were most likely firmware related.  I should consider some upgrade options; doubtful anything I'd want will be on sale. 
    • There have been a few recent videos (another one) about "building your own router" which has some very limited appeal.  Not sure I want to engage in the headache of being a part-time sysadmin. 
    • I should really consider doing some limited ad-blocking on my current setup, there's diversion/amtm, or a pihole.
  • Clothes (?) - I actually bought some stuff already, not sure how much more I want to do,

Post your reckless spending ideas, it might inspire me. 

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8 hours ago, Malaphax said:

There have been a few recent videos (another one) about "building your own router" which has some very limited appeal.  Not sure I want to engage in the headache of being a part-time sysadmin.

I have a lot to say about this but don't want to type this out right now. Unless you have specific use-case in mind for why you would consider a DIY type of setup I would probably encourage the all-in-one setup. I have personal experience with both types of setups. It's not an easy vs hard thing but more of what is a "good fit" for your setup. A DIY setup that is not well planned can quickly spiral in cost without providing any real benefit.

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On 11/16/2022 at 9:27 AM, Jedi2155 said:

Any idea where the best ad scans are available at?
https://bestblackfriday.com/ads

Micro-center ads here:

https://bestblackfriday.com/ads/micro-center-black-friday

 

I'm really not sure which site is the best now. RIP BFADS.net

  1. I'm very possibly going to be doing a mostly new build. My current PC is a little dated right now.  I should review that microcenter ad in detail.
    1. Bare minimum
      1. New CPU
      2. New mobo
      3. New GPU
      4. Very likely will need a new case to fit above components which won't fit in current
  2. A new 32" 4k monitor would be nice so I can retire the 27" 1080p TN panel one I have
  3. Even before black friday I should probably check on some clothes
    1. Replace some polos (jcpenny I'm comin)
    2. Check chinos
    3. Maybe jeans too although levi outlet store is always alright
    4. Maybe some button ups too
  4. Keeping an eye on some bang bang accessory stuff
  5. I don't know
  6. I just got a new phone
  7. This list isn't very useful anymore
  8. I saw a deal on a "nice" gym bag which would be nice considering how much I use it. The layout and size of my current one is great but the build quality is hot garbage (I got what I paid for) so most of the zippers don't work.
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My 3 most expensive things include:

  • A wall oven since I don't like the one that came with the house (no convection feature) since it takes 20 minutes to pre-heat and basically 40 minutes to cook a pizza. Looking at a new wall oven with all the smart features is $3200+$200 Best Buy Total Tech to remove the old one and install the new one.
  • $2500 for a refurbished new AV receiver. I don't really need a new one but I really would like VRR / ALM from my Xbox to my TV through the receiver. I cannot do this currently without a bunch of wires show up. I can probably sell my old receiver for the same price or higher than my original purchase price of $1400.
  • New full motion TV mount, I realize why Best buy sells a TV wall mount that costs 3x more than the Costco one. The more expensive ones are much smoother to move and with how damn thin LG OLEDs are, i could really use a higher end TV mount.

For gym bag, I'm still using free "string backpacks" from college so they're about 15 years old at this point. Also since I'm dating, I'm also in the cloth shopping arena now too so trying to fix style. I have no idea how to buy clothes nor do I understand the market whatsoever since I've historically put very little attention to style. This is still difficult for me.

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What did you guys end up buying?? If anything?

Trying to do my hauls now:

  • World of Warships DLC
  • Apple Air Pod Pro gen 2 for future girlfriend
  • New full motion mount to replace the $120 costco one
  • Garage Shelving
  • Roomba J8+ from costco
  • 1400 THREAD SHEETS F YEAH - $50 macys
  • Bath Towels

DID NOT BUY:

  • Reolink camera sale ended and it was $8 more now than earlier this week.
  • New Oven (I can wait on this since its not really on black friday sale)
  • AV Receiver, want but not need to prioritize doing my backyard (~$40 - 70k ) but stock market crash hurt me bad

Debating buying this guy but need a place to store it:

Going to make a Home Depot / Costco run to check out a few things such as:

  • Headlamp for camping + backyard work
  • New doggy bed
  • Other regular household maintenance items
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