Actually MSI has one discounted for $30 on Newegg so it is $99 ($29 more than this 550). Thanks guys, I will make that switch! I suck with video cards ... I need to take Video cards 101. I always look at the bit rate, speed, # pipelines, DirectX/OpenGL support ....., but I just don't seem to "get it". Can someone write a nice 3-4 paragraph explanation of these relationships and what to look for (I am sure it's been done 100X, so just point me to it)???? Thanks again. -Rick
I say get yourself 2GB of RAM, (2x1GB) if you're going to change anything. That way you can get to 4GB easier later by just adding 2 more sticks and you won't have to ditch the 512 sticks. Do you think you would upgrade later or just build a new system in a couple of years?
If you're going to get Vista next year it's definitely worth it. But if you're going to stay with XP for a while then you probably won't need the extra juice.