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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Yeah, you'll not be disappointed with an updated sound card and new headphones. I recently did the same upgrade and the difference was incredible.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    I'd save it for a DX10 card. You already have a good rig and I can't think of a game that would require 3gigs of ram... Crysis this fall maybe. Unless you do other work with your rig that would require it. Why SLI, his card runs everything the way it is.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Yeah, that's where i'm coming from Firecat.

    If I decide to spend some money on a sound card and/or headphones, do you guys have suggestions for either? I'm only using my motherboard's sound right now.

    Also, with headphones my number one concern is comfort. Namely, I don't want the thing pressing down on my ears and my temples really hard. I've had a number of good quality headsets that have done this, and it gives me a headache every time. In general, if the headphones' ear pads snugly fit together when someone isn't wearing them, I want absolutely nothing to do with it.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    i have a Xfi Extreme gamer and Medusa headphones. I am happy with both.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Yep, for gaming nothing beats an X-Fi. For headphones, head on over to http://www.head-fi.org/ they're all huge audiophiles and will be able to point you and your wallet in the right direction. I went with a "cheap" $30 pair of Senns. sport headphones for gaming and mp3 player on the train etc, and I'm incredibly happy with them.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonan_ View Post
    i have a Xfi Extreme gamer and Medusa headphones. I am happy with both.
    I have the exact same setup.....v. happy with it.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Xfi Extreme gamer here also, with LTB 5.1 headset. I think they were about $70. Fit nice around the ears and have a padded head band. I can barely hear my wife talking to me 2 feet away, which is good at times.

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    I have an almost identical PC to you. The 8800GTX is very tempting, but just isn't a big enough improvement. I may grab the 8950GTX if it ever materializes. In the meantime, I upgraded to a 20" widescreen.


    I recommend:

    Widescreen monitor - $250 will be plenty. And they're nice. You'll appreciate the increased (1680x1050) resolution.

    Nice speakers are a plus. $150 is plenty for a good Klipsch 2.1 set.

    Save the rest to put towards a new GPU in four to ten months.

    You won't have to do a new system build (Mobo + CPU + memory) upgrade for quite some time. C2D doesn't offer a big enough performance increase to warrant the ~$600 cost. GPU upgrades should carry us through for another 12-24 months. Hopefully, by then, games will be able to make good use of multi-core CPUs.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Widescreen monitor - $250 will be plenty. And they're nice. You'll appreciate the increased (1680x1050) resolution.

    I'm uncertain of that advice; my monitor's 4:3 aspect and I can get at least 1920x1080 in a widescreen setting. Why would so low be considered an increase?

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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Looks like you have a pretty good computer there. For me Crysis looks freaking amazing, so I would want to play that in all its glory. Perhaps wait till that comes out and if it's really the game it's hyped up to be, then get a DX10 card and just sell your current one on ebay or whatever. The 8800GTX is what, $550 right now? You might have money left over to get a decent pair of headphones and soundcard. But hey get whatever you want.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Quote Originally Posted by MagnaCentipede View Post
    Widescreen monitor - $250 will be plenty. And they're nice. You'll appreciate the increased (1680x1050) resolution.

    I'm uncertain of that advice; my monitor's 4:3 aspect and I can get at least 1920x1080 in a widescreen setting. Why would so low be considered an increase?
    In your case it wouldn't. But Zora doesn't have your monitor.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    True that; but mine wasn't $250. I think it was $170 or something. Best Buy take-it-or-leave-it-there's-no-where-else-in-town sorta' offer. So for the bucks I'd expect more pixels than that, assuming the video card can push them. I don't use 1920x1080 mostly because my budget afforded me the 320MB 8800, and it doesn't have the muscle for heavy AA at 1920x. Terrible shame, that.

    /Doesn't get high refresh rates on this monitor, though.
    //Doesn't squeel constantly like my previous one, though.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    what exactly does running at super high resolutions get me?

    i've tended to play on smaller screens. i use a 17" now because i like the ability to have my peripheral vision see all of the screen.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    I love my monitor, a Chimei 22inch 5ms 16:10, 1680x1050 res. Its like 250$ now, I bought it for about 280$, two months ago.

    I recommend it.
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    Re: Where to put my $500?

    Higher res will just basically give a better picture overal. More pixels are alloted to render what is on your screen, so things could seem to have more detail and such.

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