this is my first experience in upgarding, so imma ask you to bear with me
ill start off posting the computer i have now
a gateway 300se
ive had this for about 4 years, and just recently started playing some computer games and noticed this wouldnt cut it
instead of puttin down 600+ for a new one, ive decided to upgrade it (since i just need more ram and a graphics card) and buy a hard drive later since those 2 parts are all i need for now
since i will plan on only playing games like counterstrike 1.6/maybe unreal tournament/2004 and some of the free 3d mmorpg games like knight/mu online, i dont plan to spend more then $100
since my computer is so old, and i want the most out of it, i know i will end up needing 256mb sdram pc133, which brings me to my first question
should i buy 2 and replace the current 128 stick, or just add 256?
next comes the card
for my type of computer, i know i will need a PCI card
another question, ive seen some say they are "Low Profile PCI"
whats the difference between those and a normal PCI card?
would it effect performance or the ability of the card to work with my system?
after low profile/pci has been cleared up, which is the best card i can get for the best price and that can work on my system? i want it to be able to run cs 1.6 and some other 3d mmorpgs with high quality and a consistent framerate if possible, so are there any reccomendations?
next is installing
can anyone explain this "grounding" more clear? i read that if youre not grounded you can mess up the parts
does this mean after i lay the tower itself on the floor and open it, that i have to touch the power supply, and if i do where is it located and does it matter which hand i use on the supply(hand thats free)?
(i plan on ordering from newegg.com for both parts, so if you have any reccomendations feel free to link me)
i know that for most of you installing these 2 parts is as easy as it is for me to pop a tv dinner in the microwave and set it to cook, so id appreciate it if youd take some time and help me out
thanks in advance