Hi, I'm in the middle of a conflict right now. I just built a great rig, and it is getting held back by both my monitor and speakers.
Gigabye DS3 965p
Core 2 Duo e6600
Sapphire x1950PRO 256mb
2GB Corsair Dominator DDR2-800
Now check this, I am using a 15 inch. SVA LCD with a sad 400:1 contrast ratio at 1024x768. Also, I'm using 3 year old Altec Lansing 5.1s with a half-blown sub that distorts like a mother when turned up more than 1/3. Sad eh?
So what should I upgrade first? The monitor or speakers? Here is what I'm looking at as far as that goes:
SCEPTRE X20WG-Naga Black 20.1" 5ms (GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail
That seems like a very impressive deal for a monitor for me. Alot of the competing products can be at least $50 more. That price by the way is already borderlining my budget. I really want a widescreen for about that price. Also, could my x1950 keep up with 1680x1050 on BF2142 and games similar to that? I'll replace the vid card this summer, so I don't expect a ton out of my card.
And then, there's speakers:
Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece Speaker System with Subwoofer $289
I'd have to get these from Amazon because I've never heard of any of the other retailers that carry these. Newegg is always sold out!
Heres the big thing: If I get one thing, I won't be able to get the other thing for a couple months. I only work saturdays since I'm in high school. And I'll be looking to buy a Logitec G5 and a G15 before I get the second big thing. Thanks for your help on telling me what to get first.