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Old September 29, 2008, 09:08 AM
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for a 19in monitor, I dont see why a 9800GTX+ wouldn't serve you well, and if you want a bit of overkill for that native res, go for the 4870.
Is his monitor holding him back?? for the price of a new monitor say a 22" he could upgrade that and go further up the food chain. Teenager with money to burn
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Old September 29, 2008, 09:09 AM
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I wouldn't upgrade actually. There is no reason as the GTX 280 is overkill (and not compatible with your PSU) and even the GTX+ would not give you much in the way of gaming benefits on such a small screen.
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Old September 29, 2008, 09:22 AM
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Pick up a GTX260 for $300 ish and a 22" LCD for $229.99 that is a little over $500 but it looks like 260 prices are a little high at the moment so maybe wait for another sale or price cut you should be able to pick one up for around $279.99 in not to long. This combo would rock and it would allow SLI 260's in the future which would rock the friekin cazbah on a 22" LCD.. Either way a monitor upgrade is in the cards if your son is looking into high end video cards...the only way you will benefit from better GPU's is to get a bigger screen...or for a solution on the cheap that will work great with that current monitor get a 9800GTX+ for about $200 however the 8800GTS 640 is a nice card I dont think it would be worth the $200 upgrade...maybe spend the $500 on a faster CPU and bigger monitor.....
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Old September 29, 2008, 10:46 AM
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gonna have to talk to him and see what he wants to do. Than will have to go from there.
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Old September 29, 2008, 12:22 PM
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A kid that age should be saving his money IMO.
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Old September 29, 2008, 02:48 PM
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The whole reason I got a job when I was a kid was so people couldn't tell me how to spend or save my money...sure that proved to be unwise as I got older and had no saving.....and always over spent....but hey live and learn...
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Old October 7, 2008, 03:03 PM
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He has decided to put some money away and upgrade his Monitor first.


Thanks for all your opinions
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Well that's a solid step, a bit of saving and then a bit of fun, that's why teenagers get a job, it's theirs to burn, maybe not wisely, but you have to make some fun in life, right?
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Old October 8, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Well that's a solid step, a bit of saving and then a bit of fun, that's why teenagers get a job, it's theirs to burn, maybe not wisely, but you have to make some fun in life, right?
Have a good kid he saved and rebuilt his system to his current specs, and puts half of his paychecks in a university account.

wish I had the money he has for rebuilds
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