What to buy next?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stevo86, Oct 10, 2006.

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what should I upgrade next?

  1. 1GB RAM

    16 vote(s)
    72.7%
  2. Dual Monitor

    2 vote(s)
    9.1%
  3. X1900 XT

    4 vote(s)
    18.2%
  1. stevo86 macrumors member

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    #1
    help me decide on what to buy next... I currently have a mac pro 2.66 with 1GB RAM, nVidia 7300GT, 410gb (250 + 160), and an LG L204WT. I'm trying to decide if I want to buy a second GB of RAM, a second LG L204WT, or if I want to upgrade the video card to the X1900 XT. I can afford only upgrade right now and they're all roughly the same price so i don't know what to pick.

    I'm worried that a second monitor would put too much stress on my video card while playing WoW. But I also don't really want to pay 300US for only one GB of RAM. Should the RAM prices drop any time soon?

    I don't think i need the video card upgrade, but then again it would be nice to have it when running dual monitors.

    It seems like i need to buy all or none haha.
     
  2. danielbriggs macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Do you use it for games?

    If so, get the graphics, if not, get the RAM!
     
  3. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    I voted ram because that's what OSX loves!

    Seriously, ram will be the best investment overall as it speeds up just about everything that your comp can do, or will do.

    _Z
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    #4
    I think a RAM boost will be the best improvement.
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Hard to say what you should buy next, what do you mainly use your computer for?

    If you playing games extensively (you mentioned that you play games) then I would say to go for the ATI Radeon X1900XT.

    Otherwise, I think that I would invest the money in more RAM, as Zman5225 points out, Mac OS X loves plenty of RAM. :)
     
  6. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

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    I would get the second monitor, current RAM prices are insane. But you sound like a gamer, so go with card, RAM, monitor and repeat.
     
  7. stevo86 thread starter macrumors member

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    #7
    haha well, as of right now the only game i really play is WoW... that runs fine with the 7300gt and only 1gb of ram. But i'm afraid the second monitor will bring the performance down to a level that i'm not pleased with. Also i've been telling myself ever since i bought this computer that i wasn't going to pay $300US for 1gb of RAM (i also refuse to buy the RAM without the proper heatsinks.)

    I can tell i need RAM, but i can get so much more for that money.

    EDIT: Has there been any nice price drops in the RAM lately? the best price I see is at Crucial which is $290.99 US for 2x512mb.
     
  8. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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  9. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816

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    i have seen some mac pro ram for significantly lower on ebay if you feel safe using ebay. ! gig was around 170id say get the ram, graphics than monitor.
     
  10. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    #10
    The ATI card is looovely, I can't get enough of WoW on it :D Of course you'll be wanting the ram too ;)
     
  11. jTreu macrumors 6502

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