Hey all, I have a cheap computer I bought for 200 bucks with a 19" LCD, I know my fair share about computers, I currently have a Intel P4 3.2GHz Prescott with HT, a AsRock p4i65g, 1 GB of ram and a GeForce 5500 FX.
As far as upgrades go, I was planning on buying a new stylish case from my friend at a cheap price as he was getting a new one and it has room for 5 fans, I'm planning on buying a socket 478 PCI-E mobo (http://www.amazon.com/Biostar-NVIDIA.../dp/B000TM96E0
) for 50 bucks, this mobo supports DDR2, I would also be buying 2x2GB of RAM, and then either a PCI-E GeForce 6800 Ultra 256MB GDDR3, as it being PCI-e would allow faster video transfer and my CPU won't bottleneck the video card, or I can buy a video card towards a future new system and throw it in my PC for now, but I know it will give me less performance.
I don't play a lot of games, but I do have a list of them I would play if my computer could handle them.
Now, all that in total is going to set me back $250-300 bucks not including the case, would it be worth my time to just save up 1200$ for a new system completely? I plan on using the RAM that I buy for this PC and possibly video card on my new system for a cheap fix to pass the time.
If I invest in a new system, I'm thinking I may aswell go for a Core i7 because they're the fastest, but at wanting the most bang for buck aswell, I can buy a 3.0GHz Core 2 Duo and OC it, or buy a Core 2 Quad 2.80GHz and OC it aswell, though I'm expecting better numbers from the Core 2 Duo for some reason. Any suggestions?