I'm deciding to purchace 3 hardware, a new video card, RAM, and PSU. I know that you'll recommend me to just purchace a new computer but I just bought this HP recently without thinking and now I want some MORE speed to run games and applications on Windows Vista.
I have a:
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (from a upgrade disc provided by HP free of charge)
1 GB of RAM (came with the system) OR 2x 512mb RAM DDR SDRAM
4 x 184 Pin DIMMs 400mhz maximum speed
Nvidia 6150LE integrated video card
I believe it contains a 300W PSU
AMD Athlon X2 3800+ 2.0Ghz
What I want in regards of upgrading:
a new video card -thinking of the 9600gt
something that won't produce so much heat and also very quiet... any suggestions?
more RAM - to enhance my Vista experience, I'm hoping to get 1 more gig
TWO CHOICES HERE:
1: I get 2x 512mb for dual channel but RAM speed with decrease to 333mhz from 400mhz due to the fact I have a socket 939 motherboard and will utilize all 4 RAM slots
2: I get 1x 1gb to eliminate the speed drop but will lose Dual Channel... worth it?
Once again what non-expensive RAM do you recommend?
With a new graphic card, obviously it requires more power to power up the beast. Thinking of a non-expensive 500W but maybe 450W could be acceptable... half of the time I work (MS word, internet browsing), and the rest I game. And with DirectX 10, I can't bare to lose my gaming experience I had in XP. So, since I don't play games 24/7, which one do you think I should get 450W and 500W... I like cheap and quality
.... Do you think it is enough?
Thank you for all your suggestions. This is obviously my first time and I don't feel like screwing up
Any other tips and strategies you would like to share with me, I'm willing to listen and learn from all your expert knowledge
Thanks agan BleepingComputer!