Okay, I'm looking to upgrade to a PCI-e MB and video card. The Mother board needs to be Pentium 4 3ghz compatible, with D-Ram. Are their any bundles out there? I currently have a Nvidia Ge-Force FX 5500 128mb. How much is the average price of a PCI-e MB?
Two questions: Is that a Socket 478 or LGA775 Pentium 4? And do you need DDR or DDR2 Ram? If you don't know or are not sure, download CPU-Z and tell us what it says under CPU>Package, and Memory>Type.
Processor is mPGA-478 and the memory is DDR-SDRAM
Ok that helps quite a bit, how much are you looking to spend on the mobo/video card together, as a rough estimate?
Well I have no idea about prices. would 500 or less get me something decent?
Heres a Socket 478 mobo that is compatable with your Pentium 4 and has PCI-Express: Albatron PX915P4C Pro $92.00 $500 should get you something very good if thats what your willing to spend.
Okay, thanks alot, now I know what to look for. is SLI just a waste of money at this time? Edit: DDR-SDRAM is DDR1 right?
SLI is alright, on the games that support it. But you have to buy two video cards instead of one, doubling the cost. But for $500 or less your not gonna get SLI unless you use 6600GT's. which in that case a single 6800GT is a better buy. For buying parts i recommend Newegg if you live in the US. Not sure what places are good for europe ect.. though.
Okay, just wondering. Is it smart to even upgrade to PCIe right now? I was thinking that all the nicer video cards support it but then I saw this. and It's AGP 8x. and it's supposed to be a pretty good card right?
That is a NICE card, one of ATI's best. in fact, thats the exact same thing i just bough not long ago. If your going with something like that, just stick with AGP and use the saved money to upgrade you processer or something.