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Q about mechanical keyboard and what to do to parent's computer (Europe,Germany)

#1NykzaPosted 7/3/2014 4:48:21 AM
So I want to get my first mechanical keyboard. I've determined I want red switches. My budget is approximately 120. Preferably NKRO with PS/2, I'm kinda confused how the ps/2 to usb (and the other way around) works with NKRO so going with ps/2 is a safe choice I believe.
Any recommendations? I've read the reddit guides and stuff but I want to hear more input from you guys and I dont know how accurate those guidelines are for today's keyboards.

My parent's comp is few years old and has these specs
CPU: Celeron 430 (1.80 Ghz) and I believe it's an integrated graphics thing, incredibly bad.
And half a gig of ram, probably low qual at that

I don't know how they're running Win7 on it but it takes a hella long time for anything to load, would just simplying slapping in a few gigs (2 probably) ram fix it and be worth it with today's prices or is the cpu the main issue? They mainly use it for skype. I assume the former but Im not as informed as you guys.
I didnt think of taking a stick of my own RAM with me to find out if the ram was the sole problem, they're far away btw so I cant just go back and get it to test it out.

Thanks in advance!
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#2Dirk85UKPosted 7/3/2014 4:50:40 AM
The keyboard will be worth more than the computer. lol Plus I don't think they do PS/2 connections anymore, AFAIK they are all USB now.
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#3Pengu1nPosted 7/3/2014 4:52:38 AM
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor.
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.

More RAM might do it as the minimum for windows 7 is 1GB for 32bit or 2 for 64bit. The CPU despite being a celeron just meets the CPU requirement of 1GHZ
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#4Nykza(Topic Creator)Posted 7/3/2014 4:52:42 AM
Yeah, my keyboard will definitely be worth more than their comp. I got my own beast (beast for me, probably not for a lot of you guys) so Im fine with that :X

Damn, did they manage to make the usb connections full nkro now?
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#5Nykza(Topic Creator)Posted 7/3/2014 4:55:08 AM
Pengu1n posted...
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Ye I read that too but it cant really mean that ANY cpu with that frequency is acceptable, or can it? Im not sure exactly how bad their cpu is so Im unsure if that is also causing problems or if it is solely the ram.
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#6Snagg57Posted 7/3/2014 5:07:18 AM
I noticed you used Euros, which country are you in? (Do you need German or UK layout, or are you fine with ANSI/US layout?)

Also NKRO over USB works by having the keyboard registered as "Different devices" so one keyboard in driver manager becomes 3-5 keyboards.
#7Nykza(Topic Creator)Posted 7/3/2014 5:12:15 AM
I'm in Germany and I'm fine with any layout, I'll get used to it quickly enough. It's the last thing I care about tbh but if I'd have to choose between two layouts provided everything else is the same I'd go with the one that has a rectangular enter key, not that weird tetris shaped one.

Snagg57 posted...
Also NKRO over USB works by having the keyboard registered as "Different devices" so one keyboard in driver manager becomes 3-5 keyboards.

Whoa first time hearing about this gonna check this out right now and try to find out how. Thanks!
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#8Nykza(Topic Creator)Posted 7/3/2014 5:17:51 AM
Nykza posted...
Snagg57 posted...
Also NKRO over USB works by having the keyboard registered as "Different devices" so one keyboard in driver manager becomes 3-5 keyboards.

Whoa first time hearing about this gonna check this out right now and try to find out how. Thanks

Oh, I assume it gets split into a bunch in the manager automatically then.
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#9PhilOnDezPosted 7/3/2014 5:28:06 AM
I haven't seen it advertised in a while but my keyboard supports NKRO via PS2, it's a USB keyboard but it included a USB->PS2 adapter. If NKRO via USB is fairly common now there wouldn't be any need for that but I haven't really kept up with keyboards since purchasing mine.

About the ram in your parents computer, I think it'll make a big difference. Just make sure you get the right kind, if it's older it may be DDR2. Not exactly the same situation but my mom had a laptop with 512 megs of ram and windows vista. Vista was a bit more of a hog than 7 but upping it to one gig made it feel twice as fast. I've been using 7 with one gig of ram for a while now and I'm always wishing I had 2.
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#10Snagg57Posted 7/3/2014 5:45:36 AM
Nykza posted...
I'm in Germany and I'm fine with any layout, I'll get used to it quickly enough. It's the last thing I care about tbh but if I'd have to choose between two layouts provided everything else is the same I'd go with the one that has a rectangular enter key, not that weird tetris shaped one.

Snagg57 posted...
Also NKRO over USB works by having the keyboard registered as "Different devices" so one keyboard in driver manager becomes 3-5 keyboards.

Whoa first time hearing about this gonna check this out right now and try to find out how. Thanks!


Assuming you might need the extra keys with weird letters: (I cant read German, but the CM Storm Trigger is really good for the price)

Cooler Master TriggerZ 119, FULLY RED Backlit, MX Red, Fullsize, *QWERTZ*
http://www.alternate.de/CM-Storm/Trigger-Z-MX-Red-Tastatur/html/product/1110927?

Cooler Master Quickfire TK 79, FULLY Backlit, MX Red, "Fullsize", *QWERTZ*
http://www.alternate.de/CM-Storm/QuickFire-TK-Tastatur/html/product/1042327?

Those are ones I can find from German sites.

Here are some others that you could look for:

CM Storm Quickfire Ultimate (Fully Backlit, Fullsize)
CM Storm Quickfire PRO (Partially Backlit, Fullsize)
CM Storm Quickfire Rapid (No TEN KEY)
CM Storm Quickfire XT (Fullsize)

Ducky Shine 3 (Fully Backlit, Fullsize)
Ducky DK2108S (Fully Backlit, Fullsize)