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What should I buy next?!?!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KeithKman, Sep 20, 2003.

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  1. KeithKman

    KeithKman Thread Starter

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    I got about $100 to spend on my PC. What should I buy, or save up and buy? My PC specs are as follows...

     PC Specs:

    ¤ P4 @ 2.4 GHz 533-MHz system bus
    ¤ 80 Gig Hardrive @ 7200 RPM
    ¤ Hard Drive Fans
    ¤ 1 Gig of DDR 2700 RAM (two sticks of 512)
    ¤ GeForce 4 Ti 4200P
    ¤ Gigabyte GA-81EXP motherboard
    ¤ 50x CD-Rom
    ¤ AHANIX Platnium XP Case w/ Digital Thermometer
    ¤ 400 Watt Power Supply

     Input Devices:

    ¤ Monitor: ViewSonic A90f+ (19 inch CRT)
    ¤ Logitech Mx500 mouse
    ¤ Logitech Elite Keyboard
    ¤ Logitech 2.1 Speakers
    ¤ Plantronics Audio .90 Headset
    ¤ Connection: 3100kbps / 220 kbps
    - (cox.net cable)
     
  2. dai

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    dvd burner
     
  3. KeithKman

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    True, but I have no DVD's :(

    We have like 500 VHS tapes, and 0 DVD's. :(
     
  4. Xander

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    Well, that and you can't buy a DVD burner for 100 bones, I don't believe.

    Only thing I see that you could justify upgrading is the video card, and only then if you're an Everquest fan...the new EQ game will require to have a DirectX 9 created vid card, which knocks the Ti series out of contention.


    EDIT: Wait, I found things. A sound card, and a better set of speakers. The Logitech Z-640's are nice...
     
  5. greengeek

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    CD burner is essential.
     
  6. dai

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    What should I buy, or save up and buy?
    500 vhs into 500 dvd
    as the prices come down,they become better value and it is dropping fast and they are already starting to replace cd burners on new systems
     
  7. Ash_11

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    Hey KeithKman

    I have the same board, how does your ram work? The board is only rated for 2100, you have 2700? Do you have any problems at all?
     
  8. zeddy

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    Hows about a top notch gaming mouse

    boomslang
     
  9. Pumptech

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    I think i'd go with a cd/rw. Great for backing up important files, and last years longer than floppies.
     
  10. compilerxp

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    1 - CD-RW Drive - $50 or a Samsung Multi-Drive $90~100, plays DVDs, and plays & writes CDs (CD-Rs).

    2 - SB Audigy2 card = $100 (retail).

    Until your VIDEO GAMES seem slow or choppy, don't worry about it.

    There isn't much to upgrade on your system.
     
  11. KeithKman

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    Works fine...just at 2100 speed :(
     
  12. KeithKman

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    I got a Logitech Mx500 mouse :)
     
  13. KeithKman

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    I think I will save an extra $50 and get both :)

    How hard is it to install a sound card?


    Thanks everyone for the replies!
     
  14. RSM123

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    Keithkman,

    Right click My Computer on the desktop
    Choose Properties
    Choose Device Manager
    Scroll down to Sound, Video, and Game Controllers and expand the "tree"
    Click on each of the items pertaining to your sound card (one at a time)
    Choose Remove, then Okay.

    Once new card is physically installed -

    Reboot in Safe Mode to avoid other background apps interfering and install you new drivers
     
  15. GwizJoe

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    I agree with compilerXP,a nice soundcard and a good burner would be helpful and enjoyable additions to that rig.But I must say my first inclination was a bigger desk,or a more comfortable chair. (just kidding);)
     
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