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    Hello guys and gals,

    Just getting ready to start uni in September. I'm wondering how many of you actively gamed throughout term time? Did you bring a console/gaming PC with you at the beginning of the year and hardly ever played it because you found new things to do? Or did you find it was a good way to save money by not going pubbing/clubbing all the time and had mates round to play on the console?

    I'm trying to decide whether it's worth bringing along my 32" HDTV, 5.1 speakers, Xbox 360 and buying a cheap PC (e.g. Dell XPS 210 for coursework) or selling the whole lot now and getting a Macbook Pro so I can still do a bit of "Games for Windows" and some coursework but won't get cold turkey.

    I'm counting on your experience here to help me decide! :confused:
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    I'd suggest buying a PC (either a cheap one or a gaming one if you want) and taking the 360. Get a VGA cable so you can plug it into the PC monitor. Taking a 32" TV and 5.1 speakers is a bit much if you're going to be in halls.
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    i didnt bring a console with me until the second year when we moved into a house, but a lot of people i knew had pro evo tournaments and stuff and did a lot of socialising over that, so bring legendary multiplayer games if you must. i played Counterstrike 1.6 a lot over the network when i should have been doingcoursework, but its good to have a break eh? :-p
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    Well, I certienly plan on rigging a ps2 in my car for when I go uni haha :-P
    No more being bored in traffic.
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    I had my 5.1 speakers and PC for gaming in halls. I played a lot of games too
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    (Original post by ic1male)
    Hello guys and gals,

    Just getting ready to start uni in September. I'm wondering how many of you actively gamed throughout term time? Did you bring a console/gaming PC with you at the beginning of the year and hardly ever played it because you found new things to do? Or did you find it was a good way to save money by not going pubbing/clubbing all the time and had mates round to play on the console?

    I'm trying to decide whether it's worth bringing along my 32" HDTV, 5.1 speakers, Xbox 360 and buying a cheap PC (e.g. Dell XPS 210 for coursework) or selling the whole lot now and getting a Macbook Pro so I can still do a bit of "Games for Windows" and some coursework but won't get cold turkey.

    I'm counting on your experience here to help me decide! :confused:
    dont bring the TV and 5.1 to Sheffield in your first year. Halls rooms arn't big enough, and you dont want that lot in the kitchen/living room of a shared flat.

    Bring the 360 by all means, lots of people bring consoles, but bring a smaller TV, or in your case, possibly the cheap pc idea, but with a decent TV/Video card so you can use your console on your monitor ...

    While a lot of people play games on their pc or consoles, I dont know a lot of people who use it a means of saving money by staying in and making a night of it - especially regularly...

    It's really up to you RE selling it all etc. But my advice, especially with Sheffield, is to leave the 32" and 5.1 at home, for the first year. Bring it up in the second and thrid years, when you'll move into a house, and have more room, and be living with close friends who you wont mind sharing it with, and who will take care of the equipment ...

    Buy the cheap pc possibly for work - with a video-in for the 360, or bring a pc and cheapo tv (I know it won't do the 360 justice) ...

    hope that helps!
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    Don't bother getting a video in card or anything like that in your PC - just get a monitor that supports VGA and get the Microsoft VGA HD cable. Should be more than enough. I've currently got my 360 plugged into a 24" Dell monitor and it looks amazing through VGA (full 1080p HD). I'll probably only end up bothering to take the monitor to uni though - don't want to be too distracted. :p:

    Although, CS 1.6 over LAN does sound pretty appealing.
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    I took my ps2 and n64 with me, played on 'em quite a bit, mostly with my flat mates. Then i got my 360 just before easter and i played that rather a lot both on my own and with friends. I don't really play computer games so i can't really say anything about that...
    I don't really think it saved me money, after all you'll still wanna go out whether you've got a games console or not, just means if you don't go out you've still got something to do.
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    (Original post by mkgm1)
    Although, CS 1.6 over LAN does sound pretty appealing.
    ...Installed it on our college's LAN, haha, good times...
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    (Original post by thePhantom)
    dont bring the TV and 5.1 to Sheffield in your first year. Halls rooms arn't big enough, and you dont want that lot in the kitchen/living room of a shared flat.
    I was at Ranmoor and 5.1 and my monitor fit fine in my room. I could have put a TV on the desk too, maybe not a 32" along with a monitor, though.
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    (Original post by Xulfer)
    I was at Ranmoor and 5.1 and my monitor fit fine in my room. I could have put a TV on the desk too, maybe not a 32" along with a monitor, though.
    lol - remember me from slugs?!
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    I remember your name but can't remember what you looked like :p: Was that when we were playing lots of UT2k4 instagib?
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    yeha - and I stole lots of simpsons from you! you back in Sept? or have you finished? Now ive got my new rig I can finally play some decent games!
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    I didn't have any simpsons, that was probably Warfish he has everything in HD. I'm back for my third year this september, yeah.
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    (Original post by Xulfer)
    I didn't have any simpsons, that was probably Warfish he has everything in HD. I'm back for my third year this september, yeah.
    Come to think of it - it is Warfish Im thinking about. Guess I'll see you at the first Lan Party of term!
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    :pms:


    I was a regular gamer in uni I had a great setup - a TV, PS2 and PC all side by side on my desk. Could browse TSR while watching TV, could read a walkthrough while playing a PS2 game...could watch TV or play a PS2 game while waiting for Football Manager to load up a new day
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    I think I'm definitely going to take my 360. Not sure about the TV set up though. Do you guys think my 26" Samsung HDTV will be okay? Or is that a bit big for the desks/room at uni?
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    Might be a touch big, but I'm not really an expert. Would also depend on the uni and halls you're going into (the space available in every hall can vary by a hell of a lot). Your best bet would be to ask in the subforum for the uni(s) you're planning on attending and asking them
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    you could not take TV's for the first term, and assess the situation, both space wise, and time-wise at Uni. Then decide whether to take/not to take the gear in your second term after xmas ...
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    Think I will get a cheap laptop/PC for work and bring a 360 with a 20" monitor or something. Does anyone know what resolutions the VGA cable offers in the dashboard?
 
 
 
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