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Buying Monitor, Mouse, Speakers


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#1 Sake

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 08:52 AM

Monitor
Yeah, I'm getting a Dell XPS 720 and the monitor that comes with it costs $390, a 20" UltraSharp 2007WFP Widescreen Digital Flat Panel. I was wondering if there was a better monitor I could buy with less, or the same amount of money.

Mouse
1. Razor DeathAdder Gaming Mouse ($60)
2. Razor Copperhead Tempest Blue Gaming Mouse ($75)

Are either of these worth it? The games I plan to play are WoW, CS, Guild Wars, etc. Are these even worth it? $60 is a lot of money for a mouse, does it really make that much of a difference?

Speakers
1. Dell WL6000 5.8GHz Wireless Rear 5.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer ($100)
2. Dell A525 30 Watt 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Subwoofer ($50)

$100 sounds like a lot of money just for speakers. Again, what I'm pretty much asking is can I get better speakers than the one Dell is offering me for the same amount of money, or less? Less is always better, though. :thumbsup:

Thanks for any help!

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 09:33 AM

Rule of the Economic Thumb:

"gaming" add 10 dollars to the item.
"extreme" add 10 dollars to the item.

My own preference for buying peripherals like the ones you are discussing is a preference for making a trip to (for example) best buy and actually seeing, touching, hearing different models and brands. For example, a mouse is a mouse is a mouse---everything else being equal, what is important is how it "feels" and fits your own hand. I played WOW very well with just a regular mouse (it might be another thing if you are doing first-person shooters like Doom, but I can't say for certain). The same can be said for monitors and speakers. Keep in mind, too, that retailers will often have sales or closeouts on discontinued (LY's models) items that can save you additional money.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:39 AM

Most Dell monitors are very good. Sound quality is up to you as what's acceptable. I have a set of Creative Labs I spent about $80 a few years back, that I love them. A mouse is also personal preference. I cut my teeth on a proprietary trackball. and I use a Kensington Expert. I have a hard time using a regular mouse. For the mouse and keyboard, it really pays to try them out
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:07 PM

I preach Logitech peripherals I love the MX7 laser mouse and I had a pair of z680 speakers that were awesome. Now I use my home theater for the sound. But as everyone said try out the mouse at the store. Take for example Logitechs newest mouse the MX revolution I don't like the way it feels compared to the older MX series.
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:21 PM

I like logitech as well but i bought a MS Explorer 2.0 Wireless (currently on clearance at Wally-World $30) that I couldnt be happier with. A home entertainment system with a good sound card will go miles further then a computer speaker set up My RCA 7.1 (500W) surround dances the jig around the neighbor's Creative 5.1(200W) set up and will last longer and serves more purposes then just for my computer (DVD,PS2,Xbox,TV,ect)

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 05:44 PM

I'd get this mouse, these speakers, and this monitor.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 09:17 AM

Thanks guys! I ended up buying logitech mouse and speakers. I'm still deciding about the monitor, though.




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