September 03, 2011
My computer has three burning needs at the moment:
1) A new graphics card
2) A new external hard drive
3) A wireless mouse
The mouse I already have picked out, but I'd like some advice from the tech nabobs out there on the other two. I'm looking for a midrange graphics card that'll work with a 400w PSU, PCIx16 of course, but that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I'm partial to Nvidia. Any thoughts?
For the external HD, I've been looking at the LaCie Minimus, for which the user reviews I've seen have been pretty good, but I'm open to anything. 2TB or more is preferred, but if someone knows about a great 1TB drive that's a must-own, I wouldn't say no.
I'm running Windows XP SP3 with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ with 3GB of RAM.
So, lemme hear your opinion!
UPDATE: Brickmuppet, Nori is not a nerd.
On the hard drive, is this for storage, backup, or both of those? Would having extra features like being able to stream movies and music off it be desireable? How about being able to access it from a smartphone? Is write speed important, or do you only need read speed? If what you mainly want is a fast drive that doesn't happen to reside in your machine, that LaCie looks like a fine choice. If you want the extra features, I've heard good things about the WD LiveBook World Edition.
Posted by: David at September 03, 2011 06:08 PM (Kn54v)
The graphics card... I'm an occasional gamer, not hard-core. I enjoyed Fallout 3, Portal, etc etc etc, and will go through phases where I'll play a game for three hours a night... and then won't game for weeks. I'd like to play the new versions of those games. I also intend to do some video editing once I get it.
Chiyo-chan's been with me for five years, and she still handles anything I can throw at her. Sure, a brand new system would be nice, but why? It'd be like moving from a Ferrari F40 to an Enzo... the Enzo goes a bit faster, but the F40's no slouch and is a legend to boot.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 03, 2011 08:21 PM (o45Mg)
Posted by: David at September 03, 2011 10:38 PM (Kn54v)
For $69... before rebate.
I just finished placing my order.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 03, 2011 11:08 PM (o45Mg)
They've got another one waiting for me, I'll pick it up tomorrow.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 04, 2011 02:35 PM (o45Mg)
Posted by: conrad at September 04, 2011 08:51 PM (rlhRl)
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