The 'I Just Bought Thread' - Tech Edition

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The 'I Just Bought Thread' - Tech Edition

Postby [Prey] » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:18 pm

Just like the I've just watched and I'm listening to threads but hardware based. Because we all must know what everyone else is buying for their own machines at all times! -_-

Any kind of hardware is suitable for this thread so fear not.

I shall begin then. Although I can admit to being comfortably happy with my current machines performance many of the upcoming games in Q1 2010 are starting to scare the shit out of me. And there's really no better time to start a new build or update your specs than the start of the year.

The GEIL based DDR2 ram I've owned since I last upgraded has done me a great service so far so I thought what the hell, buy another set.

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£ 41.24 (inc VAT) from Memory C.com.

Some sites do sell the same cheaper but literally none had any in stock or had discontinued selling it. Memory C had 1 set left, which I snapped up in a heartbeat. It's always been a highly recommended ram that used to sell for £120 or so. Should arrive tomorrow so can't wait to get it tested out.

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Postby JonB » Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:51 pm

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Just decided to spend some cash to upgrade my graphics card. Second hand 1GB 4870 - £75 from OcUK Members Market. Slightly cheaper than what the 5770's (£90 - £100) are going for with very slightly better performance.

The 8800GT I have has served me well, even playing CoD4:MW2 surprisingly well, but I was starting to notice some frame rate stutter in the heat of the multiplayer. I'd also like to make my way through Crysis and Farcry 2, at decent settings rather than the medium ones I have to use to get a decent frame rate. At some point I'd like to plug the graphics card into my iMac and use that as a monitor rather than the dell 2007WFP i've got. It also means one less monitor on my desk. I'd never be able to game at 2560x1440 without a top of the range card....

..... Oh who the hell am I kidding. As a student I really can't justify this purchase as my 8800GT is still going strong for the games I want to play.... disposable cash burning a whole in my pocket.

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Postby [Prey] » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:04 pm

You seem quite fond of this members market Jon, I may have to take a dip and see how it turns out myself then.

That's a lovely pair of twin fans you have btw. -_-

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Postby JonB » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:01 pm

Yeah, its really superb. You'll need to gain yourself 250 posts to access it, however.

(On a side note; 250 posts and 6-9 months membership also earns you free shipping from OcUK, making them pretty competitive with everyone else!)

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Postby Eny » Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:45 pm

Finally got a bit of a graphics upgrade after my new build in 2005- :shock: FUCK! 2005! 5 years ago and still going strong!

Bought a BFG GTX260 OC (£145) before Christmas, and a Samsung 2443BW (£250) during Christmas, so a happy bunny at the moment after a year or so limping with a dying 7900GT and not being able to run anything newer than Mafia.

Saving up for the whole mobo/chip/memory and Windows7 upgrade for later this year now....but happy with my current spec and all the games I haven't played, which are now really cheap too- fun! :D
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Postby Me » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:28 pm

I'm going to nab an SSD for super startup and windows performance. ^_^

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Postby Eny » Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:12 pm

You do realise they go in your computer don't you?....... Find someone else to wake you up and open your curtains.... :P
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Postby Me » Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:13 pm

I used to use coffee for super startup and windows performance, but it still takes me an age to open them :cry:

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Postby DjchunKfunK » Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:45 pm

:shock: That card is insane.
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Postby JonB » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:13 pm

It's just a 4870 with a custom heatsink and fan. It's not that much taller than a stock fan either. The stock ones are far too loud.

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Postby Edam » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:24 pm

Eny wrote:Finally got a bit of a graphics upgrade after my new build in 2005- :shock: FUCK! 2005! 5 years ago and still going strong!

Bought a BFG GTX260 OC (£145) before Christmas, and a Samsung 2443BW (£250) during Christmas, so a happy bunny at the moment after a year or so limping with a dying 7900GT and not being able to run anything newer than Mafia.

Saving up for the whole mobo/chip/memory and Windows7 upgrade for later this year now....but happy with my current spec and all the games I haven't played, which are now really cheap too- fun! :D



Heh, same actually. 5 years ago must've been awesome for hardware. That or software/games sort of plateaued after that.

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Postby Liam » Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:49 pm

Games plateaued. Probably have to wait for the current generation of consoles to die before they leap forward again.

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Postby [Prey] » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:12 pm

After my disastrous attempt to upgrade to 4GB of RAM I decided to go for the cheaper and easier alternative. Ok it's not new RAM but it will help my machine out just a tad more when gaming etc.

I picked up a Sony 2GB Micro Vault USB Flash Drive for the sum of just £7. It goes rather well with my existing 4GB one. Both are used in full for Win 7 Readyboost.

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Postby Smi » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:36 pm

Does readyboost actually do anything for performance, out of interest? I'd heard mixed reports of its usefulness.
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Postby Paul » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:45 pm

I just bought a 1TB HDD to replace my now ye olde 160GB HDD.

Samsung, obviously ;)

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