been a while since i checked out the forums here guess i should more often.
anyways i did a custom build on a pc about a year or two ago, right after the motherboard recall for the sandybridge and boards became available again.
anyways i didn't update two things on my pc at that time
a graphics card and ssd hard drive.
i've upgraded the ram since i've built it but now i am thinking about upgrading the video card, ssd, and speakers.
but i want to start with the graphics card
currently i am using a 5-6 year old card and while it still works i think the fan is starting to die it seemed harder to turn then it had in the past when i recently redid my pc and cleaned it all out (also a hint, those compressed air cans such at big lots, and they are not much cheaper than walmart or online).
anyways the card for the most part does what i need but i fear its dying and i want a replacement before that happens, i guess worse case centurion i put in my old ass ati aio 1900xl that what i did at work till a new card was bought for it.
i am not a gamer by any means, i play a few but nothing major and nothing that i believe would tax my system. of the games i play one is a browser based game (samurai of legends) so its not having any impact on the card, another is a free online game last chaos and dungeons and dragons online but i've not played those in months to be honest. here and there i play marvel alliance on facebook again another browser based game.
the main game i've played recently that would have taxed my system was fallout los vega i believe it was an di played it on the highest settings, there was no issues i was aware of, nothing was slow or glitch y by any means.
what i have noticed is something when playing mkv files in 720 and 1080 i get a pausing or studdering but its usually just for a second and the blocks vanish and return to normal, i am not sure if thats graphics related or if the hard drive just because occupied with something else at the moment, its happened when not really doing anything but watching tv on my pc.
so as you can see from my usage i don't need a 150+ cross fire slip enabled video card, but i would like one thats better than what i have and i'd like to stay between 50-80 bucks, and preferably one that don't require additional power like my aio not that my power supply wouldn't handle it, its a 650watt and i doubt i am using half of it at peak.
my only real requirement for the card is, i'd rather stay away from ati/amd cards
the other thing is it has to be able to handle two monitors like i have now. right now they both are connected via dvi to hdmi cables but the prior card i was using (which had been an upgrade to this card when i found out was a worse performer) had a hdmi and dvi connection, so any of those combinations would be fine, two dvi, hdmi, or a combo of them, no real need for vga i have adapters if needed on that.
and my next question is in regards to a ssd,
they seem to be coming down in price and i wonder what advantages peoples seen swapping out their os system drive weather its an ide or sata or sataII (mine is a sata I ) get, does the pc boot faster not that i care about a 30 second or so boot time i have but does everything preform faster. i just wonder what kind of benefit i would get since i don't copy stuff too or from that drive often and when i do its not usually big files. not like my other drives that transfer large amounts of data and most of them are sata I and i think a couple of 2's i have for a raid and external.
last thing is a speaker system.
my last system i bought from walmart and it functions for quit some time and still does but not at low volumes, at low settings everything is distorted as if the speakers are blown but when turned up the distortion goes away.
they was a durabrand 5.1 channel 70watt system. what i didn't understand is how it stayed a 5.1 system, the bass box had the spot for all four speakers and the center plus the base but when connected to the pc it was connected via 1 green ended wire, im not sure how the 5.1 continued at that point, all the tests in windows sound setups for 5.1 didn't really work right. but for my needs the speakers was great, they have great sound except for that issue with the distortion. and they came with a remote control for easy turning up and down the volume if i was not at the pc and watching videos.
right now i have a cheaper brand i just hooked up a few days ago. so far they seem alright but i do seem to think they are not as good as the old ones, they was cheaper, only 2.1 system though, they look nicer but have odd volume bass and tribble knobs and no remote.
i'm trying to find a decent system. maybe i am old school but i remember my friends stereo system i always wanted, the speakers was like 3-4feet tall and it was awesome. i would love something like that in a 5.1 surround sound system but not probably at the cost they are. so i am looking for great alternatives.