Last week I decided to sink some money into my slowing aging desktop computer. I upgraded my 9 year old 19″ Dell CRT to a 22″ Samsung 226BW Widescreen LCD and my eVGA 6800GS to an eVGA 8800 GTS 320MB.
I have to say I’m pleased with both components. The widescreen display is really nice when working with multiple applications and windows and the 8800GTS just about lays waste to any game that I might have (Battlefield 2142, Company of Heroes, GRAW2, Armed Assault, Half-Life 2, etc).
Here are the specs today;
- Antec P180 Case
- Antec Neo HE 550 Power Supply
- EPOX Nforce4 Ultra+ Motherboard
- AMD 64 X2 4200+ (939 Socket)
- 2.0 GB RAM
- (1) 250GB Seagate
- (1) 350GB Western Digital
- Sony CD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive (DDU1615)
- Sony CD-RW/DVD-RW Drive (DRU-810A)
- eVGA 8800 GTS 320MB Superclocked
- 22″ Samsung 226BW Widescreen LCD
- Nvidia nForce Onboard Audio
- Plantronics SmartCon Headset
- Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
- Windows XP SP2
I’m currently waiting for the new version of the Logitech G15 keyboard to be released.
The original version of the G15 seems just too big and large for me and my desk. I’m currently using an old 102-key Dell keyboard that came with me Dell 8200 almost9 years ago.
The upgrade and installation were fairly easy. The 8800GTS cards really take up some space so you need to be careful of the clearance within your computer case. They are about 9 inches long and occupy two slots sometimes making it impossible to run them in an SLI configuration. Although I understand the the 8800GTX is almost two-three inches longer than the 8800GTS.