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Alright as is always the case with me and most people here I am trying to make the best choice with the $$ I have. My considerations are these:

A 74GB Western Digital Raptor (buy it used on Ebay for $95 or so)

or

1GB Stick of Mushkin XP4000 DDR500 $65 + shipping (for sale on OCN)

Now I don't think that either of these options are going to bring a dramatic jump in perforance but here is what I've figured so far.
The Raptor though pricey for what you get would be usable in a future system when I eventually decide to go that direction. The RAM on the other hand may be better in terms of the price/performance but there will be no taking it with me to another system. (aside from a 939 of coarse)

So what do you guys think? I have right around $130 so it's not extravegent but it's enough to do something to keep my system fun and usable.
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post #2 of 14
Look for a 2 gig ram set on newegg. Just got some Mushkin 2gig kit for 149, but there are some as low as 109 that are still good.

Edit: Or if you game, look for a x1950pro. Great prices with good performance. Around your price range also.
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post #3 of 14
well i'd get the raptor.

you made a point i was going to, "would be usable in a future system"

that 1gb DDR you have is gonna be fine til you overhaul your rig, since adding anything you cant take with you on the next build would be counterintuitive, imo

that is, unless you're planning on having multiple rigs just for kicks/LANs/public use or whatever
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post #4 of 14
put it in the bank with interest, by the time amd release a good processor you'll have close to tripled your money.

Otherwise, I'd agree with getting the raptor.
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post #5 of 14
You can put your $$ in my pocket

Quote:
Originally Posted by Znth View Post
put it in the bank with interest, by the time amd release a good processor you'll have close to tripled your money.

Otherwise, I'd agree with getting the raptor.
Lol it's impossible to triple your money with a bank's interest. Invest in some stocks
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Lol it's impossible to triple your money with a bank's interest. Invest in some stocks
"by the time amd release a good processor"
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Quote:
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"by the time amd release a good processor"
Ahhh haha. Oh ya, put it in the bank. You'll have 10x what you put in by that time
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post #8 of 14
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I considered saving it but it's hard not to grab some of this stuff while it's still out there. It's so tempting! Anything that can buy my system some more life. I just can't bring myself to part with this board or I else I would have a much easier time putting it in the piggy bank.
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post #9 of 14
Personally i wouldn't buy a used hard drive, especially off ebay. The previous owner could have had *anything* on there, and traces are irremovable.

Thought about getting 2 cheap *new* 80gb HD's and running them in a raid0 array? That would undoubtedly give you the biggest bang for buck, while being faster than the raptors, being under warranty and being shiny and new! (hard drives go bad)(shout's at maxtor to stop clicking...........)
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Personally i wouldn't buy a used hard drive, especially off ebay. The previous owner could have had *anything* on there, and traces are irremovable.
Why would someone be looking for traces on your HDD? If someone was doing that chances are you're already in bigger trouble regardless of what the previous owner did.

I know alot of bad things happen on fleabay but I got one of my raptors off there and had no problems at all.
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