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SONY VAIO Dual Core Notebook! Save $100!

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

The Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC is available for $499! That’s a $100 off its regular price at $600. Use coupon code QBM17377 at checkout to get this offer. Offer ends midnight Jan. 17, 2011.

This Sony VAIO Notebook is a fantastic package! I’m not usually that excited about Sony notebooks, but this is a great price for these features. First, it has a sizeable 15.5” widescreen, PLUS an integrated “full” numeric keypad — which is a rarity on laptops and notebooks, but common to a desktop keyboard. Add to that it’s fast AMD® Athlon™II Dual Core P340 processor (CPU), 3GB (gigabytes) of DDR3 RAM (memory) — more than some desktop computers — and amazing picture quality with ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4250 Graphics — suitable for many high-end games.

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC

Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PCThe Sony VAIO VPCEE31FX/BJ Notebook PC comes pre-installed with:

  • Genuine Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • AMD® Athlon™ II Dual Core P340 processor (2.20GHz)
  • 3GB of pre-installed DDR3 system RAM (memory)
  • A large 320 GB hard drive (storage) for your documents, movies, photos, and music files
  • AMD® Vision ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD4250 graphics card
  • 15.5″ (1366×768) widescreen LED backlit display uses power-efficient LCD technology and delivers dazzling colors and picture clarity
  • Wired and the fastest Wireless-N Internet
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD RW)
  • Media card reader for your digital cameras and smartphones
  • Built in Sony Motion Eye webcam
  • A trial version of Microsoft Office 2010 is included
  • HDMI connector for attaching to a HD TV

HP Photo Printers for Holiday Gift Giving

Here’s a revised and updated version of my Nov. 18, 2008 post on Hewlett Packard Photo Printers. They make great gifts for the holidays.

Despite the economic downturn the holiday shopping season is approaching, and while some of us are wondering how its going to be this year, many of us acknowledge that we’re still going to need gifts for our families and closest friends. I was able to find them online for about $80 each.

Photosmart A516

Photosmart A516

In 2007, I gave several as gifts to my sister and my parents Hewlett Packard digital photo printers as gifts, specifically the HP Photosmart A516 (at right). The Photosmart printers are very small, compact, and lightweight. It measures roughtly 10 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and less than 6 inches deep. That’s about the size of a small loaf of bread. It weighs less than 6 pounds. (A slightly heavy loaf of bread).

The Photosmart printers print on 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch photo paper, and can hold about 20 sheets at a time. Me, my family and friends agree that the picture and color quality is fantastic. (We still use them nearly 3 years later! So they last! –RFS, 12/2010)

The other great thing about the Photosmart printers is that you don’t have to connect them to a computer to print your photos. They will accept most of the popular media memory cards (Memory Stick, Memory STick Duo, SD, xD, and MMC). Some printer models have an optional Bluetooth adapter so you can print wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled cellphone. If your camera uses PictBridge technology you can plug your camera directly into the printer via a USB cable. Some models even allow printing from your iPod.

If I were to buy HP Photosmart printers this year, budget-minded as I am, I still give serious consideration to:

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HP Photosmart A536

(New, TigerDirect.com, $70)The Photosmart A530 series prints on sheets up to 5×7 inches in size, and accepts MemoryStick, MS Duo, SD, xD, and MMC media cards. So it will work with most Sony and Olympus cameras quite well. It doesn’t accept CompactFlash cards. The unit is light and small enough that you can consider it portable. I often take it with me when I go to parties at the homes of friends and relations. It accepts an HP 110 Tri Color printer cartridge. The print cartirdge sells for about $22. HP also packages the cartridge with 140 sheets of 4×6 paper for $42. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher.

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer (Remanufactured)

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer
$195 from Buy.com

Buy.com has the A616 selling for $195 with a one year warranty. In prints in as little as 39 seconds, accepts paper up to 5 x 7 inches. For media cards it accepts CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. It also supports Mini SD with an adapter. It has a 20-sheet input tray and wireless capability with an optional HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer adapter. Weight: 3.46 lbs. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher. Compatible cartridges: HP 110 Tri-color Ink Cartridge.

Zoom and Panoramic Shots with the Olympus SP-800UZ ($299 limited time)

The most important factor for me when buying a digital camera it’s zoom capability. Each year, it seems, camera companies compete for the greatest zoom at the lowest price. Olympus is not exception, and their SP-800UZ is a standout in this regard, and it has some fantastic features, too.

Zoom! This Olympus Sp-800UZ has an incredible 30x (840mm) zoom! (Don’t be surprised if a 1,000mm zoom comes out soon.) And for all that it is surprisingly light. The zoom makes it great for taking sports pictures from the “nose bleed” seats, or for nature watching, or for taking unobtrusive shots of your subjects from a distance. The camera’s impressive ISO of up to 3200allows you to take excellent shots of moving subjects.

(Beatles music welling up) If  zoom is all you need and you want to save on the $349 most retailers are asking for this great feature-rich camera, then use this link ahead before Nov. 27, 2010 and save $50 instantly on the Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera for only $299.

Picture Editing in the Camera. Another great feature is that you can edit the still pictures you have taken using the special effects function. This includes reducing red eye, shadow adjustment, color saturation, and cropping. With most digital cameras, if you want to edit your pictures, you would have to download them to a computer first.

Panoramic Function. The SP-800UZ’s Panorama mode is more interesting. You have a choice of using either Auto, Manual or PC modes.

  • In Auto mode, you only have to press the shutter release once, then move the camera to the next position, so that the target marks and pointers overlap, and the camera automatically releases the shutter for you. Three frames can be taken this way, which are then combined into a single panoramic image automatically in camera.
  • In Manual mode, you can also take three frames with the help of an on-screen guide, but you have to release the shutter manually. After that, the camera stitches the frames as above.
  • Finally, in PC mode, you can take up to 10 photos, which can be stitched using the supplied software after being downloaded to the computer.
Olympus SP-800UZ with Case + Kit

Camera with Case + Kit (Extremely Limited Supplies)

Best Results. For best results, in my opinion, use a tripod mount in the Manual or PC modes, since the Auto mode tends to introduce blurring in the image.

Do beautiful panoramic shots make you day? Then buying the Olympus SP-800UZ 14MP Digital Camera may be just the thing for you, too, and for only $299 before Nov. 27, 2010.

Be careful when unpacking this camera. The owners manual is stored on its memory chip, and you must download the manual before you use the camera. The camera’s PC software is also stored on the camera, so download that, too. Just connect the camera to your computer after removing the memory chip from the camera. Otherwise you can retrieve the manual and software from the Olympus website.

Video Mode and HDTV Connectivity. The camera comes with cables to connect to your computer and your HDTV to playback still images and movie pictures in 720i high definition. The SP-800UZA uses a rechargeable lithium battery pack instead of the Alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries. Which save you from frequent recharges. After all, battery capacity is important if you use your camera frequently or shoot video which drains both the battery and your memory card.

2GB internal memory. This camera has great internal memory storage when not using a memory chip. Plus the camera has an app which can transfer the pictures taken from internal memory to the memory card. The camera uses SDHC cards up to 8GB, which also great if you intend to shoot a lot of video.

Beauty mode. Like last year’s Olympus SP-590UZ, this camera has an in camera capability for touching up portraits. In this mode, you take a picture of a person, then the camera identifies the face and tries to remove blemishes and other minor imperfections, giving the skin a smooth look in the process. The touched up copy and the untouched up original are both stored in memory. The only drawback to the beauty mode is it does take several seconds for the camera to complete its work, which makes the camera unuseable until it’s finished.

Overall, the Olympus SP-800UZ is an amazing feature-laden point-and-shoot camera, with stunning zoom and panoramic capability, but it’s not likely to be a pro’s first choice.

Bonus: Get the [amazon asin=B003EG6D9E&text=Olympus SP-800UZ with 2 batteries, a case, and Accessories kit for $289.95]. Supplies are extremely limited.

24 Hour Price Drop Alert — Asus Eee NetBook for $219 with coupon code

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

TigerDirect is offering a limited time run savings on the popular Asus Eee PC NetBook for $219. Use coupon code EYQ5050 at checkout to save $20 off the $239 price.

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA

More on the Asus Eee PC. Take the ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook wherever you choose with its 4 hour battery life and enjoy its brilliant 10.1-inch LED display with backlighting. It allows you to compute on the go with ease. It has a surpisingly large 160GB hard drive for storing, sharing, and accessing your important data anytime and anywhere. The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook is one of the leaders in the compact netbook industry, and it provides multi-tasking performance and superior portability, that will liberate you from wall chargers, putting you in the lead of mobile computing.

The ASUS Eee PC 1005HA-EU2X-BK Netbook draws its inspiration from seashells with an opalescent, glossy exterior is crafted by the innovative In-Mold Roller technology. It’s specially designed to be ultra-compact so you can take it anywhere with you. You’ll find it a joy to use and an excellent companion for long trips.

Additionally, the Eee PC Seashell’s keyboard is more comfortable and less fatiguing to type on for prolonged periods. You can also simultaneously slide two fingertips up or down the touchpad – making scrolling in a window easy without the use of a mouse.

Tech specs: It uses an Intel Atom N270 1.60GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM memory, and a 160GB hard drive (storage). It offers great user comfort with its 92-percent scaled keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, and convenient instant keys for Wi-Fi, and control of the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE).

Asus Eee PC

Back to School Deals on PCs and Software

Toshiba Satellite L505-LS5014

TigerDirect has some great prices for your digital Back to School needs. Everything for kids to young adults. Maybe even the “continuing education” adult in you will find something useful. Here are a few choice picks:

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student Editionicon with 3 User License!: Only $110! A single user edition of Microsoft Office usually goes for $150. That measn you can only install it on one computer. But here TigerDirect is offering a 3 user version for $110. And it comes bundled with Computer Associates Internet Security Suite. CA’s Internet Security Suite retails for $50.

MS Office 2010 for Home & Student

MS Office 2010 for Home & Student

What does this mean to you? Well, maybe you have a 2 kids in school, each with their own laptops, and you’ve got your own computer or laptop at home. Now you can install the latest Microsoft Office package with Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and One Note, on all three computers. And you can install the Internet Security Suite on one of them, or maybe pass it on to a friend or relative you know who’s in need of virus protection.

Personally, I bought this package and installed one copy of Office on my laptop, another copy on my dad’s home computer, and now I’m asking around to see if anyone wants the third installation. Dad was so thankful that he insisted I take $25 for it. So, really, I got all this software for only $85. Maybe less if my friend is equally as thankful.

Toshiba Satellite L505-LS5014

Toshiba Satellite L505-LS5014

Toshiba Satellite L505-LS5014 Notebook PCicon: Regularly $549, now only $499.97. Toshiba has been a leader in portable computers for over 25 years. (Back in April 1985 Toshiba made the first every IBM compatible laptop, the T1100.)

25 years later, they’re still a leader. Here’s a great priced laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium (a fantastic O/S), a Pentium dual-core processor (I’m not so crazy about Celerons), a 250GB hard drive (storage), 4 GB (gigabytes) or memory (RAM), a DVD super multi drive, a memory card reader for just about any digital camera or ebook memory chip, wired and wireless Internet connectivity, and a 15.6 inch widescreen HD LCD display. I was thinking about buying an Asus Eee PC netbook for $485icon, but now I think I’ll get this notebook instead.

Checkout all the great Back to School Offers at TigerDirect here.

Last Chance – TigerDirect Computer Hardware and HDTV Coupon Codes

It’s a hot and busy day here on Long Island folks. Here’s some exclusive coupon codes savings from me to you for TigerDirect.com. Just enter the necessary codes at checkout for extra savings.

Pinnacle Studio MovieBox

Pinnacle Studio MovieBox

SAVE $35 – Pinnacle Studio MovieBox Plus USB Analog/Digital Video Encoder Refurbished: $34.99 after COUPON CODE: VIU3691

Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor

Intel Core i7 Quad-Core Processor

SAVE $30 – FREE SHIPPING – Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Retail Processor: $249.99 after COUPON CODE: KKP3688. No extras to pay for as this deal comes with free shipping. Check with your computer or motherboard manufacturer to see if you can upgrade your system to this processor. Same computer, more processing power!

OCZ Agility 2 Solid State Drive - 120GB

OCZ Agility 2 Solid State Drive - 120GB

SAVE $60 – FREE SHIPPING – OCZ 120GB Agility 2 Solid State Drive Model OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G. This is a SATA II SSD (Solid State Drive) and that means no moving parts to break in this great new hard drive.  120 gigabytes for just $279.99* after $10 mail in rebate and COUPON CODE: CQM3682. No extras to pay for, free shipping included.

Samsung 25" LCD Monitor

Samsung 25" LCD Monitor

SAVE $100 – FREE SHIPPING – Samsung 25″ ToC LCD Monitor w/ HDTV Tuner P2570HD 1080p 50000:1 DCR VGA/DVI/HDMI $279.99 after COUPON CODE: LFR3694. This is yet another free shipping item. A good sized LCD HDTV for your eat-in kitchen, the office, or the bedroom.

SAVE $50 – FREE SHIPPING – EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Video Card 012-P3-1470-AR – 1280MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 Dual DVI HDMI SLI DirectX 11 $299.99 after COUPON CODE: UKG3685. I said for the others, I’ll say it again, FREE SHIPPING included with this powerful add-on video card..

Work 52 percent faster with a 24 inch monitor

I was reading an exclusive survey article “Get the Most Out of Your Home” in the April 2010 issue of Money magazine. When discussing the home office they reported:

Researchers at the University of Utah have found that people using 24-inch computer screens worked 52% faster than those using 18-inchers when doing tasks like editing a document and copying numbers between spreadsheets.

They went on to suggest that you get one for as little as $199, but I’ve found a couple of nice refurbished 23 and 24 inch monitors at TigerDirect for $160 to $170, and a new 23-inch for $190. No extra charge for shipping.

Dell 23 inch Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor (Refurbished Dell S2309W)

This monitor is not only useful for standard home office work and study, but it is also great for viewing movies and photos, playing games, or even editing video. I checked one out in person and found the images had great lifelike detail and brilliant vivid colors. its typical high contrast ratio of 1000:1 delivers deep blacks and stark whites. It’s DVI-D connector lets you view high-definition multimedia content from Blu-ray Disc drives on desktops and notebooks. It also has a standard VGA connector for use on older computers. Its sleek, glossy bezel (thats the frame around the screen) fits in beautifully in any decor. Plus the tilt-adjustable panel lets you position the display to a comfortable viewing angle. Buy a refurbished Dell S2309W with free shipping for $160 at Tigerdirect.  

Acer 24 inch Widescreen HD LCD Monitor (Refurbished Acer P244WBD)

The Acer P244WBD 24″ Widescreen Monitor compares very well to the Dell model above, and your getting the full 24 inch HD image here. It, too, has a stylish sheer glossy black bezel that’ll look beautiful on your desktop. I felt the blacks were even deeper on this monitor and some scans of some old black and white photos I had look exceptionally good. They didn’t have the blue or greent tint that I often see on other color monitors. Buy a refurbished Acer P244 WBD 24 inch HD LCD monitor at Tigerdirect for only $170.

Viewsonic 23 inch Widescreen LCD HD Monitor (New! Viewsonic VA2323wm)

You can get greater productivity with this 23 inch widescreen LCD HD monitor from Viewsonic. It’s large enough to view two full sized documents, side-by-side onscreen. Or you can have 2 or more programs visible onscreen simultaneously. The VA2323wm is competitively priced, and includes two hidden stereo speakers.

It only costs $190 to get this new Viewsonic 23 inch widescreen HD LCD monitor from TigerDirect.

Coupons to Save on Best Sellers at TigerDirect until March 13

Oh, man, I hate including the number 13 in any of my headlines, but at least that date isn’t a Friday, it’s a Saturday. Small consolation.

Here’s a list of some best selling items I’ve found at Tigerdirect.com. I’m uncluding coupon codes you can use at checkout to save even more on their already low prices. You can check out their special pricing for Skylarking readers here, or read on while I spotlight some of the hot items.

SAVE $10 on an EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card

($59 after using coupon code FEC1228 at checkout.) Do your computer games or video images appear to “stutter” or seem to move in an unusal manner? Then you should consider getting this video card replacement. It uses its own 1 gigabyte of DDR2 RAM (memory) instead of sharing the regular memory used by your computer’s programs. All you need is an available PCIe, or PCI express 2.0, slot on your motherboard. (Contact me or your manufacturer to find out if your computer has such capability.)

If you need real high end video support for 3D gaming, then consider getting two of these cards since they support SLI Dual Link technology. With SLI you can have two video cards linked together for double the video processing power. One card alone provides all the high def power you’ll need for gaming or video playback. Imagine the potential of two cards.

Each card comes with two DVI connectors and adapters for connecting your PC to any monitor or an HDTV. Two connectors allows you to have two monitors connected to your PC, if you need that. For example, I’m using two monitors on my Windows 7 computer, so I can run a different program on each monitor.

Dual Monitor setup on one PC

Right now I have the Tigerdirect site on one screen while I’m writing this post in another screen. Or I could be playing a video on one while working on the other. A client of mine uses two of these video cards for running 4 monitors on his home computer. He’s a day trader, and it allows him to monitor the stock market on multiple web sites while communicating with his colleagues.

Additional specs: Supports Microsoft® DirectX® 10 games, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc® movies with brilliant clarity — as long as you have a HD or Blu-ray capable DVD player in your computer — powered by the PureVideo® HD engine. Include GeForce GPU support for NVIDIA PhysX technology for all you high tech gamers for a more dynamic and realistic experience. Full Vista Aero 3D support.

SAVE $27 on OCZ 4GB PC3-10666 Platinum RAM

(Regularly $106.99, now only $79.99 after $20 mail-in rebate (expires 03/31/10) and $7 instant savings.) Most new PCs today can handle 4 gigabytes of RAM (memory), but when you bought it it probably came with only 2 GB.  Now not just any RAM will do, but I’ve never had a problem yet with memory chips from OCZ. More RAM makes your computer start faster, your programs start and run faster, and your hard drive doesn’t work so hard either. Let your hard drive take it easy with these memory chips. I’d recommend checking with tech supprt at TigerDirect to make sure this memory is appropriate for your PC.

Are you running a 64-bit operating system? Then you might consider getting two pairs since your computer may be able to handle up to 8 gigabytes of RAM. Just go into your Windows Control panel and double click on System to see if you’re running a 64-bit OS. It will be clearly indicated.

Tech specs for those in the know:  This PC3-10666 RAM designed specifically for the upcoming Intel® P55 Chipset and subsequent Intel® Core™ i7, i5, and i3 (Socket 1156) processors. Configured for dual channel mode, these ultra-compatible 4GB kits ensure optimal performance with an ideal combination of low power requirements at 1333MHz.

I’ll talk more about some of the specials I’ve found, but here are a few quickies for now:

SAVE $40 – FREE Shipping – BFG GeForce 9800 GT Video Card. This 1 gigabyte GDDR3 equipped card fits into any PCIe 2.0 slot on your motherboard. Like the card above it supports dual monitors with its two DVI connectors for use on your monitor or HDTV. Regularly $139.99, now only $99.99* after $10 rebate (expires 03/31/10) and $30 instant savings.

SAVE $50 – FREE Shipping – Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300. Get a high speed processor for your demanding programs. This has a 2.50GHz clock speed for a 1333MHz FSB (front system bus). This is a Quad Core processor for “original equipment manufacturers” (OEM). That means it costs a lot less because it doesn’t come in a colorful box like you’d see on the shelf. Uses a Socket 775 connector. $149.99* after $40 MIR, rebate expires 03/15/10.

$450 System Hardware Wrap-up

In two earlier posts I spoke about a PC I built for a client last month. The whole system costs about $400—$450 in parts. The goal was to spend about $60 per part or less. The basic parts needed to build a complete system were:

  1. a motherboard (also called a mainboard)
  2. a processor. For $60 I could get a good basic dual core processor. The best thing is in the next year or two the client can upgrade to a faster, more modern processor for about the same price. Currently a quad core processor will set you back about $130.
  3. RAM (memory). For around $60 I used 2 GB of RAM, but the mainboard and 64 bit operating system will allow this system to be upgraded to 4 or even 8 GB if the client chooses to do so later.
  4. a hard drive for storage or programs and other files
  5. a case (to put all the parts above into) with a power supply. This part was only $35 in my budget.
  6. an operating system. For this system I used the new Windows 7 Professional 64 bit edition.
  7. an optical drive, or in this case a combination CD and DVD burner. I didn’t have to buy this part; I just reused the one that was installed in the client’s previous computer.

Apex Mid Tower CaseSeagate SATA hard driveIn my second post on this system I recommended some parts available from Tigerdirect.com to cover the first 3 items on the list above. Please note the client will be reusing the monitor from their previous computer system. You can probably do the same.

Here are my recommendations to cover the final 4 items on the list, and I’ll add on a DVD drive just in case you don’t have one, but you’d like to build a similar system.

  • Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB SATA driveicon ($50)
  • Case and power supply: Apex PC-375 Black Mid-Tower Case with a 300 watt power supplyicon ($35)
  • Operating System: Between all the hardware I’ve only spent $283 before taxes and shipping. So I’ve got about $167 left for the Windows 7 operating system. I have two flavors to choose from in my budget: (1) Windows 7 Home Premium edition (32 bit)icon for $110 or (2) Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)icon for $150. The 32 bit system will limit my future RAM potential to 4 GB, while the 64 bit system can upgrade to 8GB. 4 GB is fine for most systems. I went with the Pro version.
  • DVD Burner: Samsung SH-S223C DVD-RW Driveicon ($25) This one burns CD-R discs, too. The client had a Sony DVD burner from their previous system. A similar Sony model would cost about $50 to $60. If you already have a DVD drive from your previosu system, you can reuse. Windows 7 comes on a DVD, so that’s why your need a DVD drive. A CD drive will not do.

So that’s all the parts. Now comes the assembly once you’ve got them all. Tomorrow I’ll tell the steps in brief for putting it all together.

More on the $450 system with a future

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard

This was to be yesterday’s post, but I was out on service calls. One of them involved a HP PhotoSmart C309 printericon that was interfering with the sync function of their iPods. They were also having trouble with their Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard dictation software, too. More on this story to come.

Here are some TigerDirect links to the products that I used in building the $450 computer system I discussed on Monday. The owner of this system is very happy, and keeps telling people how fast it is.

For the heart of this system I recommend the motherboard and CPU (processor) combination shown at left. Although I used an Intel E5200 processor when I built this system, the processor on this board is quite similar. Pricewise it sticks to my $60 per part plan. (Click the image or link below it to go to Tigerdirect for more info and purchasing.)

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For the memory (RAM) I recommend using Crucial 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memoryicon. You can pick his up for only $50. By the way, 2048 MB translates into 2 GB of RAM. If you have more money in your budget, I would double the memory, and get 4 GB of RAM. Insuch an event I recommend Crucial’s Ballistix 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2 x 2048MB)icon. (Shown below). I am a big fan of Crucial’s memory chips. I’ve never had a problem with installation or operation. (How hard could it be you ask? Believe me, I have received enough defective chips from other companies.)

I’ll be back later with a list of the remaining parts needed for this system, and more about that printer and iPod problem, too. I have to check in with my doctor now and see how my respiratory problems are doing. I’ve been taking a steroid to keep my throat from swelling shut. Hope your day is going well.