Oh, I should note I'm only shipping to the US and it's a black matte DSi.
I have an almost new Nintendo DSi here that I have only ever used to watch TV occasionally in my back yard. It has no scratches or anything like that -- I'm very careful with my electronics. This DSi can ship with all the accessories I bought to take advantage of its music/video capabilities: acekard 2i, kingston 8gb Micro SD card + adapter, SD card reader/writer, and everything that came in the original DSi box itself (pair of stylus, charger, manuals, etc).
Altogether I'm looking for $160 shipped. If you would just like the DSi itself I'd part with it for $135 (the other stuff is a $60 or so value). I can put this up on ebay if anyone's interested but wary of internet transactions (100% positive feedback, and lots of it :) ).
I'm not interested in trades, sorry!
cool! thanks :)
My buddy is upgrading his PC a bit and I convinced him to grab a 4870, but he's only got a 500w thermaltake purepower in his box. I *THINK* it's enough to power the video card but I'm not certain. What say you all?
He's not a techie guy so he won't be overclocking or adding anything crazy to the rig.
Thanks guys, I have a lot to think about it seems and I appreciate the suggestions.
One last question: if my room temp at summertime is generally around 85-90 degrees, is water cooling even an option?
Current motherboard is an EVGA 650i Ultra with 4 gigs of budget RAM.
If the performance boost will be minimal I think I'll pass then, maybe pick up a netbook or something. lol
Oh, my budget is around $700 for this stuff (keeping in mind I have the vid card/cpu already).
Okay, so I retrofitted my PC a year, year and a half ago by purchasing a new motherboard, CPU (2 ghz duo core), RAM, vid card (8800GT). It was a solid upgrade at the time, but of course the RAM and motherboard were both somewhat bargain-priced. The motherboard only supports 800 mhz RAM, and thats naturally the speed of RAM I bought.
Fast forward to present. I bought a 3 ghz duo core (E8400), opting for the highly overclockable CPU instead of quad core figuring by the time I can actually use all four processors a new, cheaper and faster quad core will be available (or one of these icore processor deals - whatever, i'm not up on all that stuff i freely admit!). I also bought a sapphire hd4870 1gb video card, mostly because I enjoy GTAIV and I think I'd enjoy it more if I could play it at a resolution that didn't require a magnifying glass!
Now, these two upgrades are very good. I wonder, however, if my rig is not a little bit bottlenecked by the inferior RAM and motherboard it sports. I'm in a position to be able to afford to upgrade my motherboard/ram/psu and drop in a new big HD, possibly some custom cooling (it gets hot here).
What does the board suggest? If the performance gains would be negligible I won't bother (though I think I will upgrade the PSU from 500 -> 650 just to future-proof a bit regardless). FYI, I'm looking at Corsair Dominator RAM, PC2-8500 1066MHz 240-Pin DDR2 CL5 memory, and a GIGABYTE motherboard, item number GA-EP45-UD3LR, with a Corsair 650tx certified PSU.
The other stuff is not too important as I'll look it up as I go.
Any recommendations would be great, one way or the other. I never actually considered RAM speed or motherboard quality until recently, and now its weighing on my mind a bit.
I have finally decided to quit WoW and I've got an extra 60-day game card here, begging to be used. I'd be more than happy to trade it for a legitimate new copy of Tabula Rasa ($10 on Amazon). Mind you it has to be a new game key so I can upgrade an account. If there's anyone with a bit of history posting at this site that would want to trade, let me know in this thread.
I know this is a bit of an awkward trade, but I'm really not interested in much else at the moment.
The problem was indeed the motherboard.
I wish I'd thought out buying an open box motherboard a little more before actually buying it. I know better. :P
Oh well, it's being RMA'd and I'll have a spare motherboard around to troubleshoot with at a later date. There's always a silver lining.