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I hate having money. </somewhat serious><br><br>
Can't figure out what I want.<br><br>
I went from monitor + Optie 165, and a high end DX10 card when they start coming mainstream, to a Conroe rig with a medium end DX10 card, to a whole new S939 rig with a medium end DX10 rig, to a high end Conroe rig with DX10 sometime later NEXT year, back to the socket S939 rig, then to the Conroe, and back and forth about 50 times with different combinations of parts.<br><br>
So, say you have $550. What would you do if you had my rig? Anything. Dual core CPU, up it to 2GB, get some decent headphones (I have a $5 Wal-Mart pair that has the foam coming off and sometimes only works in one ear), go for some nice speakers (have a medium/low end 2.0 speakers right now...only reason why I say low is because bass is really good on them, just that when bass kicks in, there is no high end), get a better case (Newgg the case...*shudder*), go strictly "extras" (No performance parts, just things like a case, sound card, speakers, headphones, headset, games, etc. I only own CS: 1.6, NFS: MW, Oblivion, and BF2 talking about games...), whatever. Just do what you would do.<br><br>
Personally, I'm leaning torwards just "extras." I have a monitor that can only do 1024x768, hurts my eyes almost as much as my case, which is also crap, I have really bad cooling*, I have no DVD or CD burner, I've got a crappy HP mouse, and the list goes on. And to top it off I have no games. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lachen.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Lachen"><br><br>
The way I see it is I can keep upgrading hardware but even if its fast in terms of speed, it'll still be hot, ugly, and an eyesore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I'm not upgrading video cards with DX10 this close just throwing that out. And for those wondering why I'm posting it in off-topic, try to show me another place to post it and I GLADLY will. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
And for the * thinger, I just thought it looked cool.<br>
But seriously, I'm thinking about water cooling too. I don't know whats good, I don't know all the "extras" I'll need (I know what I need as in actual parts [pump, rad, etc] but I don't know what type of tubing, clamps, etc I'd need). I'm more than willing to jump ship on air. Namely because I have major overheating problems in the summer due to the fact my mom never turns on the A/C. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
And btw, sorry for a long post, I usually try not to make long posts because I usually get less repsonces the longer my post, but hopefully I get some input. And you don't have to use any of the suggestions I posted. Do what you would do. I'm just really itching for water cooling - but I'm not saying that I am definatly doing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
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BTW: if you tell me to upgrade my processor, or mobo, or RAM or whatever, keep in mind I can sell my old parts. I have no reason to keep old parts laying around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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One consoderation, if you got the DX10 card you wouldn't have enough left care. <Sarcasim> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One consoderation, if you got the DX10 card you wouldn't have enough left care. <Sarcasim> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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Aren't mid-range (as in, ~$200) cards supposed to drop mid-next year? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">
 

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Get an X-FI Platinum if you like to listen to music, watch movies, or play games on your PC. Only $125 on ZZF (after $50 MIR), free shipping too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin"><br><br><a href="http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=290237" target="_blank">http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...uctCode=290237</a>
 

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Personally, if I were you. I'd sell everything that i have in my rig and get an Allendale<br><br>
E6300<br>
Gigabyte DS3<br>
2GB Crucial or Gskills or w/e<br>
a 400GB Segate Perp from Fry<br>
XFI Gamer Fatality<br>
(you fill in the rest)
 

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If you don't game don't buy anything. There would be no point.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you don't game don't buy anything. There would be no point.</div>
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I don't game because I don't have any games to play. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)"><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><br>
(Well, ones that I haven't played out to death.)</span>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't game because I don't have any games to play. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)"><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><br>
(Well, ones that I haven't played out to death.)</span></div>
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So after you spend tons on hardware for which you don't have any games you like, more games will suddenly materalize? I dunno about that... maybe you should pick up a few good games for now and just save the rest until it can be better spent.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So after you spend tons on hardware for which you don't have any games you like, more games will suddenly materalize? I dunno about that... maybe you should pick up a few good games for now and just save the rest until it can be better spent.</div>
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....If you read my first post, I said <i>suggest</i> what <i>you</i> would do if you were in my shoes/had my computer, and one of the things I mentioned was if I should get more games and hardware, go for cooling, yada yada etc etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/poke.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Poke">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">....If you read my first post, I said <i>suggest</i> what <i>you</i> would do if you were in my shoes/had my computer, and one of the things I mentioned was if I should get more games and hardware, go for cooling, yada yada etc etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/poke.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Poke"></div>
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Oh right... well hmm, I only read the title <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
So yeah, don't do a full upgrade right now. Just get some fun games and some small stuff. That's what I would do if I were you. The only reason I have my current setup is because I was in a bind when I killed my X800XT and motherboard at the same time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So after you spend tons on hardware for which you don't have any games you like, more games will suddenly materalize? I dunno about that... maybe you should pick up a few good games for now and just save the rest until it can be better spent.</div>
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that comment was not really helpful or well thought out. as he said he doesnt have games right now, but that can be fixed easily. no need for borderline rude comments here.<br><br>
i didnt mention before, get a game or two also. CoH looks good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh right... well hmm, I only read the title <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
So yeah, don't do a full upgrade right now. Just get some fun games and some small stuff. That's what I would do if I were you. The only reason I have my current setup is because I was in a bind when I killed my X800XT and motherboard at the same time.</div>
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Small stuff as in? Cooling? Air? Water? Mouse? Headphones? Speakers?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I would try to see what you can get for your current rig. sell it indeed, like Mikey suggested.<br><br>
with some luck, you end up with a total budget of about $1,000 or so...<br><br>
Spend like $850 for a decent Core 2 Duo rig, and the rest for games.<br><br>
My two cents
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would try to see what you can get for your current rig. sell it indeed, like Mikey suggested.<br><br>
with some luck, you end up with a total budget of about $1,000 or so...<br><br>
Spend like $850 for a decent Core 2 Duo rig, and the rest for games.<br><br>
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I was figuring that out earlier, and I'd probably get about $900 total for what I have saved and what I could probably sell mine for.<br><br>
Once I add in a HDD, case, a P5B or S3/D3, a C2D, a PSU, an optical, with 2GB of RAM, I'm already at $850 with no money for a video card. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I think a monitor would be a really nice upgrade, and you might think about investing a bit more in it than you thought.<br><br>
For around $275 you can have a nice 20" monitor, like one of these<br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010190020+1301919996+1109917865&Subcategory=20&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=</a> or the new Dell.<br><br>
Or a 19" for a little under $200. (I think the extra $75 is worth it).
 

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Get a 20" widescreen...<br>
The new Dell looks good.<br><br>
Or, you could always get a G5/G7 and a G15....I love mine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">I think a monitor would be a really nice upgrade, and you might think about investing a bit more in it than you thought.<br />
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For around $275 you can have a nice 20" monitor, like one of these<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010190020+1301919996+1109917865&Subcategory=20&description=&Ntk=&srchInDesc=" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=</a> or the new Dell.<br />
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Or a 19" for a little under $200. (I think the extra $75 is worth it).</div>

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</div>How do you think it'd go with a 7600GT? <img src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Embarrassment" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">How do you think it'd go with a 7600GT? <img src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Embarrassment" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div>Yeah it would work fine. For desktop use it would be a 100% upgrade. For games you would have to lower stuff like texture quality and AA so that you can run native res but I'm sure that overall it would look much better.
 
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