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  • Here we go with a brand new edition of the Forums Spotlight, and another selection of interesting and debatable threads from SharkyForums.com, put together in an easy-to-read format. This week the forum readers discuss the best system you can put together for $500, NVIDIA's GeForce 3 card, super-size hard drives, along with providing some very good advice and tips for those wanting to network two Windows '98 machines.

    The Forums Spotlight is a highlight of just a few of the new topics posted in the SharkyForums, where over ten-thousand enthusiastic computer users post daily for help, to discuss the latest trends and products, or to just shoot the breeze in the Off Topic forum.

    Each week in the Forums Spotlight , we take several of the most popular, insightful, or even controversial threads and present them to you for easy digestion. Feel free to add your own thoughts (subtract the profanity, please) and help us multiply the reader participation here at Sharky Extreme (and you thought math was tough...). We've added links on each spotlight page so you can easily add your own comments and contribute to the debate! If your repartee strikes us as useful, humorous, or otherwise entertaining, it stands the distinct possibility of being featured next week.

    Without further ado...

    Last Month's Sharky Forums Stats
    Registered Users: 9,930
    Topics: 34,047
    Posts: 245,163

    Current Sharky Forums Stats
    Registered Users: 10,477
    Topics: 36,959
    Posts: 268,409

    The $500 Computer
    One Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190. A 20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107. We all know that people can spend, literally, thousands of dollars putting a computer together, but what kind of rig can one put together with a budget of $500? This forum thread is full of lower priced suggestions for anyone trying to build with a budget.

    Wait For GeForce3?
    Build now or wait a bit more? For those presently looking into a video upgrade, this forum thread talks about the NVIDIA GeForce3 and readers debate the issue of upgrading now using the GeForce2 Ultra, or waiting it out for a GeForce3.

    The Biggest Hard Drive
    Did you know that a yottabyte is 1 Billion petabytes? Can you imagine how long it would take to defrag a 180 GB drive (yikes!)? In this forum thread, our readers discuss overly large hard drives and what comes after a terabyte...

    Best 10/100 PCI NIC Money Can Buy!
    What is the absolute best 10/100Mbps, PCI (one port RJ45) NIC money can buy? "iamsostupid" asks a very good question, and our forum readers provide some great suggestions. It looks like we have a few 3Com fans hanging out on the SharkyForums...

    Networking Two Win98 Computers
    While trying to network a laptop and desktop computers, one of our forum members ran into a couple problems. First and foremost, once it was hooked up, it just didn't work! In come more forum members with lots of good advice! This is definitely a good thread to check out if you're thinking about getting two Win 98 machines networked.

    KA266 ROX!
    Congrats to "amd_freak" who finally put his first overclocked rig together! The Iwill KA266, pc2100 crucial ram, and benchmarks are just a few of the many things discussed in this forum thread.





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