Heres where I cheat. I'm looking at using my current monitor and Hard Drive. I have an 19" monitor that plan on using for the next year or so. It only has a maximum resolution of 1028x1024 resolution, so the video card and CPU may be a bit overkill for the games I plan on using it for at the moment. I haven't seen anyone using their old hard drive in their builds. I have a 3 year old Seagate Barracuda 7200 SATA drive (1.5GB/s?). I realize this is slower than the current 3GB/s drives that most people are putting into their new rigs. The reason for doing this is because I won't need to worry about spending extra money on vista if its going to be replaced by windows 7 less than a year from now. I can get the new hard drive and do a fresh install when windows 7 comes out. Plus I won't need to re-install any of my current software, some of which I may be missing the install disks. My question is will the performance of my computer suffer significantly from these decisions? Also, are there any other components I should consider swapping? Again, I'll be using this rig primarily for gaming.
Thank you in advance for any help!
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not quite sure what an i7 rig can do for a 1024 resolution monitor.. with an old 1.5gb/s HDD. it's like having a supermodel girlfriend.. that you can never see and can only chat with.
monitors and HDD are so cheap right now... and i'm not sure i'd use the same hdd in a different system... just get a new hdd and do a fresh install. when windows 7 comes out, do it again.
you can get a 1600res monitor for around $100~150 nowadays.. 1920=even better. i got a 26" at buy.com recently for $250. there's a 25" on tigerdirect for $200