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Tuork
12-27-03, 01:21 AM
Right-o... christmas has left me with some money and I intend to invest it on my computer (what else do you think I'd spend it on???;))

Sorry about the currency, but I can only buy stuff where I live, and my selection is rather limited... (Colombia. Currency: pesos).

I have $280 (bare with me, PESOS) cash.

Recently I bought 512mb pc2700 but ended up having issues with the 256mb module I previously owned. I can sell the 256 module for $80.


The point is I'm not sure what to buy...
- Samsung semi-flat 17" monitor $400
- Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm $215
- Maxtor 40GB 7200rpm $175
- DVD ROM Sony 16x oem $115
- Barton 2500+ $295
- Creative inspire 4.1 4400 $220

I can also replace the 256mb module for a 512mb one by adding $140 approx.


Most things are within acceptable price ranges from what I have, except the monitor, but I can surely get the cash.


In a nutshell:
What should I buy? (see current specs in sig.)

MUYA
12-27-03, 01:34 AM
Originally posted by Tuork

Recently I bought 512mb pc2700 but ended up having issues with the 256mb module I previously owned. I can sell the 256 module for $80.


The point is I'm not sure what to buy...
- Samsung semi-flat 17" monitor $400
- Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm $215
- Maxtor 40GB 7200rpm $175
- DVD ROM Sony 16x oem $115
- Barton 2500+ $295
- Creative inspire 4.1 4400 $220

I can also replace the 256mb module for a 512mb one by adding $140 approx.



Dude the prices are a bit erm hefty? $295 for barton 2500+...it should like less than $100! The HDDs should be half the price you quoted. In fact where are u gettting your erm price quotes? They are well over what they should be. With $500 should get you decent parts dude.

2500+ and an abit nforce2 motherboard should be $160-$180. 120GB HDD with 8 mb cache should be around $100. DVD roms should be like $50! dunno about speakers. and $80 for 256 MB is quite steep as well unless u have them ultra low latency corsair memory. In fact I bought 1 GB of RAM for $160-180 or so. That means around $90 max for 512MB module!

Dazz
12-27-03, 03:19 AM
He's from Colombia the currenty conversion is diffrent.
If you only have 256MB then i would get extra memory the min is 512MB and i recommend about 768+MB for gaming.

Smokey
12-27-03, 05:34 AM
I would suggest upgrading to the Barton first if your motherboard supports it, I see that as having the biggest impact on gaming performance.

It really comes down to what you can put up with the most.

Dazz
12-27-03, 08:07 AM
Ah right he has 768MB, after reading your last thread i thought you removed the 512MB as you where having problems. Anyway i would also say get the XP2500+

Tuork
12-28-03, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Dazz
Ah right he has 768MB, after reading your last thread i thought you removed the 512MB as you where having problems. Anyway i would also say get the XP2500+


I currently have the 512 mb module installed seeing as the two of them are creating some conflict and games crash (max payne 2). with only one module it works fine.

I also think the processor is pretty essential with my current specs... but what I fear is the fact that as soon as I buy it... it will be outdated within 6 months! (stupid Moore's law). That's the good thing about the monitor... no need to change it for years!

As I've found out, the barton 2500+ can be used on my board after I upgrade the Bios, which I already have a newer version thanks to someone here I can't remember...


Would changing to 2*512mb fix my ram issues?
I have another thread going with the "ram situation".


oh, and BTW Muya, COLOMBIAN CURRENCY.;)

Dazz
12-28-03, 05:23 PM
Hard to say, some board don't like single & dual sided memory working at the same time, it might be the slot isn't working correctly any number of things, i would still say get an XP2500+ as you can still get more out of your video card. At a later date try some more memory, at the moment try swaping them about and see if it's 1 chip or if it's due to being mixed, also see if the DIMM socket at fualt also.

Tuork
12-28-03, 06:57 PM
Wouldn't the 2500+ be outdated pretty soon?

PenguinJim
12-28-03, 09:23 PM
IMO, get a fabulous new monitor. You should be able to get a pretty nice 19" CRT nowadays, or even that 17" Samsung you've got your eye on should be a hell of an upgrade. An XP1600+ isn't that old, and pairs nicely with your Ti4200. I'm sure you'd definitely appreciate the difference between a 14" and a 17" monitor. And the CRT prices, they are a-dropping! Keep shopping around for a nice one at a bargain price :).

ALobpreis
12-30-03, 02:59 PM
If I were in your place, I'd first buy the hard disk, because 15 Gb is quite too little nowadays.

The new monitor would be the next good choice, but it's a bit more expensive than the other stuff. Can't you get a cheaper one? A standard 17" monitor like a ViewSonic E70 or Samsung 753?

What do you FEEL it's necessary for your PC? For example, I have a P3 800 256 Mb GF2 Ti, it's 3 years old, and it's still strong! Ok, can't play at full the new games, but I still can play anything. After 3 years I'm thinking about upgrading (I live in Argentina, so I guess we have similar economies). I could live with a 1600+ for a while still, and upgrade later (specially if you feel the new CPU would get obsolete soon).

Tuork
01-06-04, 07:59 PM
Alobpreis, you're probably right. My computer is running pretty good up to date and I have been able to play latest games with no problem at all (not at full). I think the best buy for now would be a monitor, seeing as that won't be easily outdated and I do need it.

Additionaly, I have a schedulled trip to NY and california sometime in June/July, so I think it's best to wait, save money, and see the prices drop;). (I don't think it's feasable to buy the monitor there, although I could probably get a 19" CRT for what I oculd get a 17" here... still thinking about it.)

Originally posted by ALobpreis
The new monitor would be the next good choice, but it's a bit more expensive than the other stuff. Can't you get a cheaper one? A standard 17" monitor like a ViewSonic E70 or Samsung 753?


I think the monitor I'm buying is the Samsung 753, at approx $145 US dollars. (hence the thought of buying it in the states)


About the memory issue, I used a memory diagnostics thingamagig someone gave me on the other thread and it appears to be I have some problems with one of the modules (Stride6-something problem). I have to test each module individually to see which is damaged.
On another nore, using DIMM slots 1 and 3 (512 and 256, respectively) appears to have solved the problem.. still running tests.