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need help to persuade parents buy new video card

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Right now my system specs are:

900mhz Tbird
256 ram
40 gig hard drive
4 mb S3 virge DX 375
8 mb voodoo2
Maximuse Sound CArd

I want to update my 4mb card (6 years old) to a Radeon 7200 64mb card, but my parents won't let me do it.

They want good reasons for upgrading the card, because they believe if it works, then there is no need to change it.  In a way, they are right because it works fine for 2d applications.

However, I want to play the better games, but I don't want my parents to know that.

They want to save the money for my college tuition, and they feel spending on a video card that will only be obsolete will be a waste of money.  So any ideas?

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mikecrIT Architect/Technology Delivery Manager
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They are actually right. Why not get a small job and make enough money to buy it yourself? This would make you look good in your parents eyes and show them that you can take on responsibility. Personally, I'd take a college education any day over a video card.

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Save the money and be thankful you even have a computer.  A college degree is worth one heck of a lot more than better game performance.  Sheesh!

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Tell Them you want to do design work using AutoCAD (HAHA)
only kidding. I agree with all save your money. Study instead of playing games.

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<However, I want to play the better games, but I don't want my parents to know that.>

Deceit is a tool that will be sure to backfire on you. If you wish for your parents to respect you and your wishes, this is not the way to go. Besides, how are you going to convince them to give you money for all the games that must surely follow the card?

Express your desires honestly. Let them help you find a good part-time job and buy the stuff yourself. This not only will give you self satisfaction, but will also raise your parents' opinion of you by showing them that you are ready and willing to take on some responsibility for yourself. Good luck. Welcome to the real world.

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My sons are 11 and 12 years old and I am thrilled about their interest in computer technology. If your parents were to realize that this small investment in your interest in computer technology will pay many divdends later on, they would not be so hesitant to invest in your interests. Apparently, they are short sighted, because even gamming technology provides a learning experience that even schools cannot provide. The computer is a "tool". In order to compete in today's academic world, a student must be equipped with the best "tools" possible and be able to use them. I hope my boys retain their interest in building faster, better computers, regardless if it is in order to "play" a game or not...as it will eventually translate into a high level of computer competence which I have seen in my own children presently. Keep the fires burning...T

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The Voodoo 2 is no longer supported and you can't get manufacturer drivers for XP (only 3rd party/beta drivers)

If you are going to pursue a college career in computing technology, learning to program (especially 3D games) is a fun way of learning.

A decent video card can be had for under $100 or $150 and you can earn that shoveling snow, mowing lawns or running errands for your grandma.  ;-)

Good luck!

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"because even gamming technology provides a learning experience"

I have to disagree; a computer with a fancy video card used for games is just an expensive Nintendo/whatever box. Only if 'roca' has written his (?) own games that have pushed the limit of the VooDoo2, then your statement would be correct.  As it is, in playing prepackaged games, he has already lost what litte creativilty it would take to find a way to earn the small amount of money a new vide card costs.  On the up side, by not playing games he has been able to keep up in composition class; his writing is remarkably lucid compared to too many others.  u no whut i meen?
HI,

YES YOUR PARENTS ARE RIGHT.TO PURCHASE NEW VIDEO CARDS TRY TO GET JOB AND DO SOME USEFUL WORK FROM PC.IN A DAYS THERE ARE LOT OF JOBS AVILABLE IN THE WORLD.IF YOU KNOW DO SOME DTP,PAGE TYPING,DATA ENTRY AND OTHERS JOB AND TRY TO MAKE MONY AND THEN BUY NEW CARDS.

HERE GOOD RESON IS TO BUT NEW VIDEO CARD IS IT WILL BETTER OUT PUT AND ALSO GIVE 3D SUPPORTS AND IT WILL BE BENIFITS FOR YOU TO PLAY GAME BUT THER IS NO BENIFITS FOR PARAENTS SO MY SUGGETIONS IS TO DO SOME JOB AND THEN BUY ONE GOOD SOUND CARDS.

TO WORK YOUR GAMES,INSTALL DIRECTX LATEST VERSION OF DIRECT X FROM INTERNET.HERE IS THE LINK FOR DOWN LOADING DIRECTX .AFTER INSTALLING THIS YOU WILL GET GOOD GAMES OUT PUT.

http://download.cnet.com/downloads/0-10045-100-4748365.html?tag=st.dl.10001-103-1.lst-7-1.4748365

AND DOWN LOAD DIRECTX.

REMEMBER PARENTS ARE AWAYS RIGHT SO DO SOME JOB AND THEN PURCHASE NEW AGP CARDS FROM YOUR MONEY AND AFTER THIS YOUR MOM & DAD FEEL PROUD OF YOU.


REGARDS

NARENDRA
I think the general feeling here is that you should find a job and pay for it yourself...While I agree that a healthy interest in Technology is great, at times we need to go back to basics.  If you want it, work for it!  I think you should be pretty happy with your parents preferring to spend the money on a college education - that's a big investment.
i guess there are a lot of parents answering this question. take it from me, a 16 yr old. i don't think you'll see much difference between a $90 64Mb video card and a $40 32Mb video card unless you are doing some major image rendering. i've got a quake 3 demo on my 400Mhz pc with a 4mb video card and it works quite well, much better than i expected. but about the money thing, if you can find some good excuse to get it from your parents, do it. but i think the best way would be to save some birthday/christmas/whatever money and buy the 32Mb one.
hope i helped you!

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