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My new computer

March 18th, 2007 at 07:51 pm

I've been in need of a serious upgrade for my computer. The one I have now is 5 years old. I love playing RTS (Real Time Strategy) games, and because of my old hardware I cannot play any of the newer games.

I'm comfortable with replacing the new components myself. This is a project I've been thinking about for a while now. Only I don't have the budget for it.

In order to get a functioning PC, I will the following new components:
- Motherboard
- CPU (w/ cooling)
- Memory
- Graphic Card

I have 2 hard drives, so I'm set with that.

I've done a bit of research and here's what I came up with on Newegg.com:
- DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra...
$ 109.99
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Toledo 2.2GHz
$ 159.00
- Thermaltake CL-P0296 CPU Cooler
$ 26.99
- CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 40...
$ 74.99
- BFG Tech GeForce 7600GT 256MB
$ 142.99

Total: $ 513.96

The processor is not exactly what I wanted. I am looking for a 4400 Toledo, but I can't seem to find one anywhere anymore!

I have opened an HSBC account, which is our "Fund" account. There are $45 in it, so I still have a little bit to go.

9 Responses to “My new computer”

  1. sarah Says:

    Have you considered a used computer or used parts . You can sometimes get great deals on ebay. I am typing on a laptop I paid less than 200 for and it works fine.

  2. Lau Says:

    Sarah - I did see a few things on eBay. I must be one of the few that doesn't have an account on this site. I'm a little scared because of all the stories I've heard of people paying for things they never get, or paying shipping things they never get paid for...

  3. sarah Says:

    If you set up a paypal account (free to buyers) then you are very safe. You will also need to only deal with sellers who accept paypal. I've bought dozens of items using paypal and have never had a problem.

  4. tinapbeana Says:

    good luck with your computer quest, lau!

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    I love RTSes! (Or maybe just gaming in general.) I do miss that. *sniff*

    Incidentally, which game is that catches your fancy? Age of Empires III?

    Enjoy it for me. Smile

  6. Lau Says:

    Thanks Tina!

    BA - I do like Age of Empire III. My husband got it for me for Christmas. I've had Civ IV since last year, but poor PC won't let me play it. I've been into Age of Mythology, Civilization Series, and off course: Warcraft!

  7. Broken Arrow Says:

    Let me just say that you have excellent taste in games. Big Grin I've played them all except Civ IV (but did play III). My ex and I used to play cooperatively on them all the time. Those were the good times.

    So, uh, you into MMOs? Big Grin

  8. Lau Says:

    No BA, no MMO. One of the reason is that when I play a game, I reeeaaaally get into it and after a few weeks of hammering, I don't go back to it for sometimes months. I don't want to end up paying for membership knowing that I will not use it for month at a time.

    Second, well, my pc is just not up to speed for these new requirements. I have a There (www.there.com) membership that I haven't used to in ages! Last week, I decide to hop on and see what's going on. I couldn't even do that!

    Oh and I forgot one game that I've spent some nights on: Rise of Nations! That's also a good one.

  9. Broken Arrow Says:

    There.com is really awesome! I'm shocked that I've never even heard of them (but I do know this really nice French Flash MMO called www.dofus.com Wink).

    Rise of Nation is simply superb. The only reason why I didn't play more of it is because my computer was so old that it ran choppy, and that was during the beginning of the game!

    Ah... yeah. I can see why you were snapped up pretty quick. Big Grin

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