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Hardware From Abroad

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#1 benny269


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Posted 11 August 2007 - 12:21 PM

I am currently spending some time in North America and have realised just how amazingly cheap PC hardware out here is in comparison to back home in the UK (we get ripped off for everything). I was just wondering if I happened to buy some parts out here and brought them back home with me, would they be the same and work just as well within the PC? Are there any parts to avoid buying from abroad (PSU will probably cause some issues I'm guessing)?

I was also considering picking up a PS3 out here too (half the price in UK) but does anyone know the implications of this? I think I read somewhere that the games are region free which is good but I'm not so sure about the Blu-ray discs. Info on this would be appreciated too.


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Posted 11 August 2007 - 03:27 PM

Basically all the parts will work the same (can't say for Blu-ray though), and there should be a switch to change the PSU voltage on the back (Tagan ones do it automatically).

The problem you may have will be dependent upon the total value of the parts. If the UK is anything like Australia, you may need to pay import tax when you go back home, which may bring the price up to what you might normally pay.

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 07:35 PM

CD and DVD drives may be an issue. The region settings on those things keeps you from buying cheaper exported/imported DVDs and such and can cause a pain in the neck if the drive is region X and the disk is region Y .

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 08:10 PM

new optical drives come region null, and you set when you first use them

changing regions on a ps3 is another matter

ps3 is going over like a lead ballon

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