These are my current system spec's: 3.4 Ghz Pentium D Dual Core CPU (800 Mhz FSB) 240 gb total HDD space 1 gb DDR(1) SDRAM (266 Mhz) ATi Radeon 9550 Pro, Factory OC (256 mb, very slow, DDR memory) [AGP] My motherboard support both DDR1 and DDR2 memory, up to 667 mhz, and it also supports PCI-express. Now the question is, what should I upgrade? First off, I use this computer mostly for gaming. The ATi card was good back in it's day, but I need something a lot more powerful now, with more recent games forcing me to ultra low quality on a 640 x 400 resolution. Additionally, I'm still using DDR(1) SDRAM in this machine. I'm looking at the 8600GTS for my video card, more specifically, the MSI super overclocked version: Newegg.com - MSI NX8600GTS-T2D256E-OC GeForce 8600GTS 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Over Clock Edition HDCP Video Card - Retail That would be quite a substancial upgrade to what I currently have. I also want to upgrade my RAM to 2 gb's of DDR2 667 mhz SDRAM. I only have enough money for one, so I either buy the card or the RAM. Any opinions on which I should buy?
whatever you do, DO NOT get the overclocked version of the 8600 GTS, just get the reg 8600 GTS or GT look at the reviews on newegg on the OC GTS you will see why. factory OC isnt a good idea
Personally, I would go with a new graphics card for now. Its more important for gaming and yours is pretty old. I would go for something like this if you plan to stay on XP. Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100186L Radeon X1950XT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 VIVO HDCP Video Card - Retail Just out of curiousty, what is your Motherboard?
I'm running Vista right now, BTW. I'm using an Asrock Dual VSTA-775 I believe.
Oh if you've got Vista (guess I couldnt take the hint from your name :p) already im guessing you want a DX10 card...A 8600GTS or HD 2600 XT should suite you fine.
Yes, but Vista is also a RAM whore, and I'm running on 1 gb of DDR memory, at 266 mhz speed.
You can put XP on Duel-Boot or another Partition and use that until you save up for more RAM. I really wouldnt have gotten Vista in the first place with only 1GB. If its really slow and your not happy with it get the RAM. Or you can go a step down with the Videocard to a 8600GT or 2600Pro (around $100) and try to get one of those and the RAM.
Can't do that, as I only have enough money for one. I really want to upgrade to whatever will boost the experience in gaming, which is why I'm leaning towards the gfx card.