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    what should I do?

    Ok, here is my boggle. We are getting a decent return back from taxes this year (finally got to itemize).
    We agreed to buy new furniture and other crap, and I get about a grand for computer stuff. So, what do I do?
    Do I spend it all on upgrades for my desktop to bring it up from a slow piece of crap (my best system is only 300mhz) right now. Or do I get a midgrade laptop with a DVD? I travel some with work (I get underway on Aegis DDG's that are being built to do combat systems work) and a laptop would be very cool, but so would having a screeming system for once. What do you guys think? ???

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    Re: what should I do?

    The biggest problem with laptops is that they get outdated very very fast. Other than adding some memory or maybe replacing the hard drive with a bigger one you can't do any upgrades to them.

    With a desktop there are always a lot of upgrade options, and you can do one component at a time.

    However, when you travel and need a laptop, you need a laptop.

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    (my best system is only 300mhz)
    What do you mean only 300 MHz? Is there something wrong with that?

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    Re: what should I do?

    You should take that grand and give it to the needy..... by the needy I of course mean me !

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    Seriously guys, I need some direction. I cant decide! :'(

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    Re: what should I do?

    athlon xp 1800: 130$
    decent mobo: 120$
    decent case: 50$
    256 megs of pc2100 DDR ram (which has skyrocketed in price since i bought mine in october ): 70 bucks

    and then if you need it:

    20 gig 7200 quiet maxtor drive: 70 bucks
    cd burner: 50-125 bucks
    dvdrom: 70 bucks?
    19 inch flat crt monitor: 260-300
    etc. etc.

    pricewatch.com pricegrabber.com resellerratings.com

    (btw the above, even including a 100 margine for shipping, comes to under a grand )

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    athlon xp 1800: 130$
    decent mobo: 120$
    decent case: 50$
    256 megs of pc2100 DDR ram (which has skyrocketed in price since i bought mine in october ): 70 bucks

    and then if you need it:

    20 gig 7200 quiet maxtor drive: 70 bucks
    cd burner: 50-125 bucks
    dvdrom: 70 bucks?
    19 inch flat crt monitor: 260-300
    etc. etc.

    pricewatch.com pricegrabber.com resellerratings.com

    (btw the above, even including a 100 margine for shipping, comes to under a grand )
    a good running system: priceless

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    Re: what should I do?

    Whats a good recommendation for a video/agp card?

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    Re: what should I do?

    Radeon 7500 or 8500 - only the 8500 doesn't have 3d support in X yet. Good performers, good image quality and nice price tag

    Whatever you do, please don't buy an nVidia card !

  10. #10

    Re: what should I do?

    does nvidia suck in linux or something?

    my geforce3 ti 200 bloody rules, but i only use it to any extent in winderz.

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