Rogue II wrote:I'm thinking about making some upgrades to my PC. First, I'd like to get a DVD burner. Newegg has them starting at $30. There was a cheap LG model that got some good reviews. Is there anything in particular I should look for?
just make sure it writes to all the media out there - dvd-r/w and dvd+r/w, and try to get one that does dual-layer... that will come in handy.
Right now, my PC has 512 MB DDR SDRAM. What kind of upgrade should I put into this?
you need to find out how much ram your mobo can handle, and then get back to me... http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
<-- this download will give you an output of everything inside your computer, and http://www.crucial.com/index.asp
<-- this site will help you figure out what kind of ram you have and how much you can put into it... you don't need to buy it there, but it's a great way to find out exactly what you can do to your machine. after that we can discuss RAM strategy, because it is that kind of commodity.
I'd like to get an external hard drive to store photos and music. I have about 15 GB of MP3s right now. An 80 GB hard drive should cover what I need. Again, are there any specs I should look for when choosing an external hard drive?
you don't want to skimp on this, as eventually you will need more capacity... HDD space is getting so ridiculously affordable, it doesn't make sense to get anything under 150gbhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822154612
If there is anything else I should consider, let me know.
do you have a flat-panel monitor? how fast is the processor (belarc will let you know...) how old is the video card? do you even have one? (sometimes you're running on built-in mobo video, which robs the rest of the processes of power...)