Help me pimp it out

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Yes the time has come to complete my setup. I have the dual GHz stock and plan on adding a few things.

First let's start with monitors I am considering. I currently have a pretty good monitor however I want to get something bigger & higher resolution. Also the G3 can use the View Sonic since currently the only screen option for it is an old Apple Color Display. Here are 3 candidates so far (these are in the price range I'm looking at):

-NEC FE950+

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-Hitachi CM721FB

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-Samsung 900NF

All these are 19" totally flat CRTs. I really want a black or silverish monitor.

Next up is the sound card. I think I'm going with the Audiophile 2496, which can be found at Looks great and has OS X drivers.

Now for the beloved graphics card. I want to pull the GF4 MX because the screen flash problem is annoying and I really wanted a GF4 Ti from the start. Question is which model and which brand. I'm seriously considering the Asus and Gainward Golden Sample. The Gainward has 750 MHz memory I believe and is o/ced right outta the box. The Asus also has slightly higher core and memory clock & should overlock well. However would the jump over a 4400 be huge? Will Gainward or Asus offer Ti 4400 cards that come overclocked? I really want bang for buck and any Ti card should be great. When are the 4200s coming & how much $$$? I have also considered complaining to Apple about the problem and asking for a GF4 Ti card @ BTO price.

Last I want some speakers to add on. I'm looking to spend upwards of $150 so if there are some good 100-150 speakers you know of holla at me.

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    as for the speakers, far and away the best price/performance out there are the <a href=""; target="_blank">Klipsch</a> ProMedia. I'd say go with the 5.1's, but the 2.1's are more in your price range. Also, check out for the best deals.

    good luck.

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    I have a MultiSync FP950 and it's niiiiiiice!! As far as I can tell, the only difference between mine and the FE950+ is the FE's black cabinet. Hmm.

    I can't really help you with anything else. Just wanted to give my two cents about the monitor.

    *plink* *plink*

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    solishusolishu Posts: 124member
    My speaker suggestion: the Monsoon MM-1000's.

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    They're quite directional, but they have incredibly clean sound and still get good bass response.
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    Heh, well, regarding the Monsoons, I have MM-700's (before that lame "translucent" iM series) and everybody that's stopped by loves them. The sound is really nice, but you do have to adjust them and find a "sweet spot" for truly optimal performance.
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    tigerwoods99tigerwoods99 Posts: 2,633member
    I heard that some Logitech ones are supposed to be good and they are only like $150 or so. Anyone know which one's?
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    al-hal-h Posts: 7member
    I bought a Sony CPD-420S last year to go with my Dual 800. I have been very pleased-great flat screen, rich color and high refresh rates. It's a little on the expensive side by I just saw the lowest price on CNET is now $355.

    Downside-it's a big monitor depth wise.

    I also have the Monsoon MM-1000 and have been very happy with those speakers as well.
  • Reply 7 of 15
    I have the Cambridge Soundworks digital speakers..a 3 piece that sound awesome! and I think they are around $100....

    perhaps you can see them here? small and sound excellent!

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    ryukyuryukyu Posts: 449member
    The Monsoons are really nice. I have the MM 1000.

    At the Apple store in Buffalo, I saw some JBL Sonnets that sounded really nice and they are under $100.00. They're incredibly small too for the amount of sound that they put out.

    At work, we have a set of Klipsch Promedia 2.1. Those are, by far, THE best speakers I have ever heard hooked up to a computer.

    Good luck!!
  • Reply 9 of 15
    [quote]Originally posted by Josey Wales:

    <strong>perhaps you can see them here?</strong><hr></blockquote>What's that big shark-fin-looking thing on top of your subwoofer? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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    onlookeronlooker Posts: 5,252member
    I'd have to get a sound card for those ""klipschit's?"" 5.1 ProMedia's wouldn't I?
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    serranoserrano Posts: 1,806member
    is there a way to get 5.1 on the mac? i know os x supports it but i don't know of any hardware (sound cards) that do. someone please show me the light.
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    applenutapplenut Posts: 5,768member
    [quote]Originally posted by janitor:

    <strong>is there a way to get 5.1 on the mac? i know os x supports it but i don't know of any hardware (sound cards) that do. someone please show me the light.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    none yet.

    Creative Soundblaster supports 4.1in OS 9.x but no OS X drivers... yet. and even if OS X drivers become available don't expec much
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    wolfeye155wolfeye155 Posts: 425member
    I think that shark thing is a cable modem. I have the exact same thing.
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    dvddvd Posts: 45member
    the klipsch 2.1 isnt good because teh connectors for the satelites are bad, i have to wiggle it around to get sound sometimes, might be just me but i know some poeple have this problem too, not too bad for 180 <img src="graemlins/bugeye.gif" border="0" alt="[Skeptical]" />
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    tigerwoods99tigerwoods99 Posts: 2,633member
    I read somewhere that the Creative Extigy will probably work on Mac, and that a guy was trying to write a set of OS X drivers for their Audigy cards. That would be cool.
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