1.9 athlonxp, 512 Mb ddr pc2100 ram, gainward ti 4200 64 Mb graphics, windows xp home edition, 13 Gb 5400 speed harddrive, ecs k7 s5a and proview 770 17” monitor. I use only for games.
I am in the fortunate position of trading in a friends old computer parts with a local store and have approx £300 of a credit note. My monitor is naff so the idea is for me to get a Iiyama Vision Master Pro 413 17" monitor in black.
That’ll leave me with approx £120. Now would you suggest that I put the money towards a cd rw, which I’d use only to back up downloaded patches (my system is very stable), a bigger/faster hard drive as every now and then I have to uninstall games to install newer ones (once in a blue moon) or use the £120 and trade in my ti 4200 and get a 5600 ultra.
I do appreciate that I’m in a lucky position here to have this problem as to what to spend money on.
Get a better hard drive. A 120GB 7200rpm will cost around £110 mark. As you seem to play alot of games, a newer, bigger and faster one will load your games quicker and speed things up a bit. You can save more games as will!
You could get a new hard drive. I can recommend the Seagate Barracude line of drives. Quiet as a tomb. You can pick up a 60GB drive for around £60 on ebuyer. You could ge a bigger hard drive, but like oyu I only use my system for gaming, and have never breached the 15GB limit on my drive.As for the remaining money, how about a massive p**s up!
Or you could think about getting a new motherboard. I have the k7s5a board myself, but you could splash out on an nforce2 board. Super fast, and more future proof than the k7s5a.
Get a 80gb hard drive (as you say it is only once in a blue moon you have to remove old stuff to make room for new stuff, so I doubt you need a bigger one) and a CD-RW (very handy pieces of kit indeed). No need to upgrade your TI4200 as these cards are fast enough for most games and I think you need a bigger hard drive more than a faster AGP card.
Thanks for the replies. My favourite is 'easyjet luton -> malaga £30 the beach is free and the food is cheap' but I don't think easyjet will accept a computer credit note as payment - unfortunatley. It's looking like hard drive and cd rw. Many thanks.