see right now i just bought that video card for 230 dollars. i only got it because after rebates it is 150 dollars. i havent sent the rebates in because after you do that you cant return it so i figured i would test it out first and make sure it works. I was also thinking about switching to a shuttle anyway BUT one crucial thing happened: when i was getting ready to install the card i checked my PSU on my current computer just on a whim (i had assumed it would be adequate for the card because when i started this post i thought my only concern was the power supply in the shuttle) and saw that it was only 160watts
. I guess that is what you get when you get a computer from your parents who bought from Gateway. Anyways, i am now in a dilemma as a result of this new discovery that my computer cant power the graphics card i bought for it SO i figured i have a few options:
A) return the video card and just wait around until everything gets cheaper so i can upgrade anything i need then
B) return the video card and buy a shuttle barebone and use the parts from my current computer, which has all the parts i need
and upgrade the card later
C) keep the video card and and buy a new PSU which makes me stuck to this huge and ugly gateway case for another while
there are also intermediate options such as
D) buy a power supply from shuttle now and stick it in my computer and hope it works (could it?)
E) wait until the beginning of next year when my rebates become dangerously close to becoming invalid and see if there are any christmas time or after christmas time sales on what i need/want.
again, the absolutely preferred scenario is that when everything is said and done, i have
1) a SFF computer case such as MSI
or even Antec
(which i don't really like the look of and i saw in the store and it seems so big and heavy for a sff..)
-with compatible mobo/psu of course
2) a decent or more than decent video card capable of playing the latest games such as HL2, other valve source engine games, WoW, doom3, nfsu2 and so on and still be able to play next gen games decently.
3) peice of mind that i didnt get ripped off.
again, my current specs are
WinXP Professional 5.1 Service Pack 2 (Build #2600)
Intel Pentium 4 , 2.00 GHz
Plug and Play Monitor on nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 (1280x1024x32bpp 75Hz)
SoundMAX Digital Audio
[C:] 54.99/74.53 GB [F:Local Disk] 38.22/38.29 GB