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Old June 30, 2010, 11:42 AM
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Thanks for the breakdown of where to get different electrical goods. It seems a little different from the UK where there is aggressive competition on pricing and free shipping. I've moved to caledonia (just south of hamilton Ontario) i know they have issues with the first nations but its temporary till my partner and myself get IT jobs which will most likely be more in the GTA. Loving it here so far, everyone seems very friendly and welcoming, and the weather is a lot better than Scotland where it rains far too much.

I think i have found another difference in the two Asus laptops the A comes with 2 year warranty while the X only has 1. I'm having to read up on notebook graphics cards and there seems to be a confusing array. 5730 seems to be upper-mid range for better notebooks it quickly increases the cost.

Side note FF14 just got its release date September 30th, where is the best place to pre-order to guarantee receipt on its release? bestbuy, eb games?

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Old June 30, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Welcome to the country! And indeed, there isn't much competition in Canada so the pricing isn't as aggressive, but the taxes aren't so bad on items.

PC Cyber Canada - For All Your Computer Needs - $1077.77 (just to save you some money, price match with NCIX since they're the same items)

And with regards to warranty, that's incorrect. All Asus carry a 2 year warranty with 1 year accidental warranty. If you need more information or owners' opinions on laptops, just visit Laptop Reviews - Notebook Reviews and Netbook Computer News & Reviews for specs and reviews, and Laptop Forums and Notebook Computer Discussion for suggestions and check in the subforums for potential problems and such with your purchase as everyone there owns a laptop.

I also suggest visiting forums.redflagdeals.com to check out the constant sales that people share.
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Old June 30, 2010, 12:26 PM
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Welcome to Canada! I have friends in Caledonia and have not been down there in ages. Beautiful country. There is a provincial park about an hour south called Long Point which is very nice: Long Point

As for computer parts, most folks have already offered suggestions. As for your neighbourhood, Canada Computers has a store in Hamilton so check them out if you need something quick. They carry Asus laptops if you wanted to get one asap. They will not let you pre-order though for a laptop coming out in sept.

Infonec.com , located in Toronto, also has good prices and is not as well-known. I have often found them cheaper than NCIX or Canada Computers.
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Old June 30, 2010, 12:48 PM
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Thanks for the breakdown of where to get different electrical goods. It seems a little different from the UK where there is aggressive competition on pricing and free shipping. I've moved to caledonia (just south of hamilton Ontario) i know they have issues with the first nations but its temporary till my partner and myself get IT jobs which will most likely be more in the GTA. Loving it here so far, everyone seems very friendly and welcoming, and the weather is a lot better than Scotland where it rains far too much.

I think i have found another difference in the two Asus laptops the A comes with 2 year warranty while the X only has 1. I'm having to read up on notebook graphics cards and there seems to be a confusing array. 5730 seems to be upper-mid range for better notebooks it quickly increases the cost.

Side note FF14 just got its release date September 30th, where is the best place to pre-order to guarantee receipt on its release? bestbuy, eb games?

Thank you.
For pre-orders it depends if you prefer online or B&M

For online i have had best luck with Amazon.ca: Online shopping for Canadians - books, electronics, music, DVDs, software, video games & more
for brick&mortar i would go with ebgames.

and ya compeition can be pretty non exsistent here which is a downside and your lucky to get free shiping with no strings attached.

Also the cost of a cellphone will probably be a big shock from what your used to in the UK. we pretty much get hosed in that area.
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Old June 30, 2010, 01:26 PM
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I was prepared for the differences in the mobile contracts over here, what did come as a shock was how far behind Canada is in terms of handsets. I was expecting to find the same range of handsets i've seen listed on the states carriers but that wasn't the case. I've had my eye on some nice HTC android phones desire/incredible/evo 4 but none seem to be available here :( and the legend is what i would consider old in terms of handsets in the UK. I've looked into getting an unlocked phone shipped over however the range of frequencies is different so while calls can be made 3G wouldn't work.

The exchange rate at the moment is terrible because the UK economy is going down the toilet while the canadian has remained strong despite the recession (for instance when i was last/first visiting the exchange rate was $2.40 to 1 its now $1.4 and thats since last october). Most things are still cheaper here than in the UK, with tax and what had been little competition lead to most things having inflated cost and consumers had no choice but to pay.

Thanks Deviant I know in the UK that companies will only price match if the exact same model is in stock PC Cyber seems to currently not have any, if i was to go for that laptop do you think it would be a problem getting NCIX to price match? Do you think there will be any Canada sales after Thursday? Also is that a good gaming notebook i chose or should i hold out and try and find something faster?

chriskwarren: thanks for the info, will have to explore more of Ontario and Long point seems a good place to start.

P.S your bottles of beer are bigger here than the UK YAY!!!
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Thanks for the breakdown of where to get different electrical goods. It seems a little different from the UK where there is aggressive competition on pricing and free shipping. I've moved to caledonia (just south of hamilton Ontario) i know they have issues with the first nations but its temporary till my partner and myself get IT jobs which will most likely be more in the GTA. Loving it here so far, everyone seems very friendly and welcoming, and the weather is a lot better than Scotland where it rains far too much.

Huh had you been on this forum a week or two i could have recommended one or both of you apply to the now closed position of IT Desktop Support Specialist at Research In Motion out in Waterloo RIM Company - Learn about Research In Motion. I still recommend you guys take a look to see if there is any jobs we have right now open since its a great company to work with and i hope to work in my field with on my second co-op next summer.
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Old June 30, 2010, 02:33 PM
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OH!!! thanks i wouldn't have been able to start just yet anyway my passport is currently in London getting my visa put in so i can get my PR when it gets sent back. I have a postgrad in IT, MCSA with messaging, and a background of programming/web design/graphic design/etc.. done a bit of everything. Did some programming for the ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) through some contacts i have so hope when i can work that will count as Canadian experience. I had difficulty in the UK as i'm 30 and look alot younger (ID-ed for buying beer far too often) it was difficult to convince companies that i had experience. Any idea how well suited i am to any jobs you have seen in the past? and the kind of salary to try and ask for?

Question for those that know about notebook gfx cards is there much difference between radeon 5730 the 5870 and the nvidia GTS 360M?

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I'd actually look at coming over here where I live if I were you. (considering you want to get back into IT)
ATI/AMD was hiring a while back, not sure if they still are. They might be considering they recently got a $50mill grant from Dalton.
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Another NCIX Fan here, good pricing and service
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I was prepared for the differences in the mobile contracts over here, what did come as a shock was how far behind Canada is in terms of handsets. I was expecting to find the same range of handsets i've seen listed on the states carriers but that wasn't the case. I've had my eye on some nice HTC android phones desire/incredible/evo 4 but none seem to be available here :( and the legend is what i would consider old in terms of handsets in the UK. I've looked into getting an unlocked phone shipped over however the range of frequencies is different so while calls can be made 3G wouldn't work.
yup we pretty much get hosed for that. If your seriously looking at getting an unlocked handset i would checkout both ncix and tigerdirect as both sell unlocked handsets. I used to have an android and while i liked it the carriers here seem to sit on their duffs before they provide the software updates. Currently i am using a Blackberry bold 9700 and love it. (that and my works pays for it so )

NCIX.com - Buy Mobile Phones In Canada.

Mobile Phone Center - All brands at great prices at TigerDirect.ca

as for the notebook graphics. I believe in the holy crap it costs how much field nvidia is the way to go but every other price bracket i would be sticking with ati/amd. In terms of which one is better it's hard to say as a 5700 series laptop card can't be compared to a 5700 series desktop card. If there is no significant price difference i would go for the higher numbered one since it's a laptop and can't be upgraded.

in terms of job searching i would do the following.

i would get setup on the job searching sites like monster.ca, workopolis, etc. I would also check to see if there are any temp agencies near by or that you could work with. I know there are tons where i live (ottawa) so there should be something. In case they have branches near you (not sure on this is they do or not) the ones we have here are Ajilon Canada, Excel HR, Lannick Group of Professionals, etc.

enjoy

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