To upgrade or to buy new?
Hi there, very new here, but seems like a great forum to get some help.
I'm currently using this old monster:
OS: Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (build 2195.)
Motherboard: Intel Easton D815EEA.
CPU: 933 megahertz Intel Pentium III,
32 kb primary memory cache/256 kb secondary memory cache.
Memory: 256MB DIMM PC133 SDRAM
Video Card: NVidia GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (32MB, AGP 4x)
Sound Card: SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG SP2514N 250 gig Hard Drive
Optical Drives: BKVILUF 52N89EZGT SCSI CdRom Device,
SONY CD-RW CRX230EE (CD-ROM drives)
Power Supply: Unknown (Couldn't find with Belarc or HWiNFO32)
I do a lot of gaming (or what I'm able to do given the obvious technical limitations) and I also use Photoshop Elements for extensive art and graphic design work. This machine is reliable, a great workhorse, but I really want an upgrade. My questions are these:
1> How much farther could I really go without replacing the motherboard? If I get more RAM and a newer video card, would I be able to play current games? Basically, how far can you push the CPU with ram and video card upgrades before you need to break down and get a new one?
2> If I do decide to do an overhaul, including the mobo and etc.. would I be better off just buying a new OEM system and saving myself the trouble?
3> Relates to #1, but how much can an aging processor utilize newer components like a video card? I don't want to shell out $300+ on a new NVidia if my system won't be able to properly use it, or is this just a compatibility issue I need to research for myself?
I feel that my machine, though loved, is borderline on the upgrade/just buy a new one threshold. It seems like a 1000MHz processor has become quite low-end in terms of newer games. I'm just hoping you guys(and gals) will have some good thoughts on this. Thanks a lot!