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This week's edition of What's Hot, What's Not focuses on what Gamers are getting these days. If you're a Gamer, have a look and see what the hottest components of a Super Gaming System are!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 10 2000   B. Ly  
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RAM, ROMS and Conclusions


Every gamer wants lots of ram! 128MB is the realistic "requirement" for the vast majority of games these days. Quake III and Unreal Tournament run a lot smoother (less hard drive thrashing) with 128MB of ram, or more. 32MB, 64MB, and 128MB PC-100 modules are going for $43, $78, and $149 CDN ($30, $54, and $102 USD.) PC-133 modules are priced quite competitively with PC-100 modules. This is important because many gamers / overclockers do NOT want to gamble with buying PC-100 ram that may or may not run stably at 133MHZ FSB. VIA KX-133 motherboard users will definitely want to maximize their system's performance by using PC-133 modules to take advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by a 133MHZ memory bus.

Pentium III-E (Coppermine) overclockers should also purchase PC-133 modules to remove the ram as the bottleneck when overclocking that Pentium III 500-600E to the 133MHZ FSB (666 - 800MHZ.) Yes I am aware of the beauty of 'asynchronous' ram timings that are available with the VIA 133/A chipsets, however the memory bandwidth scores on these boards are already low, so why use slow ram to save a few dollars? I do not have any pricing on 32MB PC-133 modules, but 64MB and 128MB modules are priced at $85 and $157 CDN ($58 and $108 USD.)


I want a 10X DVD-Rom drive, I really do, but I simply refuse to pay $190 - $210 CDN ($130 - $144 USD) on something that should be selling for quite a bit less. Most gamers only require a fast CD-ROM drive to install their games from, and for that job, the Panasonic (Matsushita) 40X IDE CD-ROM drive ($55 CDN / $38 USD) is the most commonly purchased model. This particular drive is being used at our store, and it is quite capable at reading various types of recordable cd-media, and is also a pretty fast reader too.

CD-Rewritable drives are now affordable, reliable and fast. My current favourite drive is the Creative CDRW Blaster 8432 IDE Retail Boxed drive ($327 CDN / $224 USD.) I really like retail boxed products, and CDRW drives are almost always a better deal with retail packaging versus their OEM counterparts. You rarely get software with OEM drives, and the price difference is rarely shocking. Saving $30 - $50 CDN ($21 - $34 USD) by purchasing an OEM drive is not such a great deal when you are forced to find and register your own CD-burning software which often costs more than the savings that you had originally "gained" when you purchased the OEM drive. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but for certain products like CDRW drives, getting the retail boxed version is always a better deal.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  What's Hot, Whats Not
 Pg 2.  Video Cards and Monitors
 Pg 3.  Sound Cards, Speakers and Hard Drives
 Pg 4.  — RAM, ROMS and Conclusions

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