My desktop is about 3 years old and I am looking to upgrade some of the hardware. However, with all the different components in the system, it is hard to know where I should start. I should probably begin by saying that I'm a student on budget and can really only afford a part or two at a time.
I like to play games (the reason I want to upgrade), but I don't need my games to run at the highest possible settings. I just want everything to look marginally better and perform better. If this helps, the latest game I was able to run at a decent setting was Bioshock (the first one), which I could run at medium settings at 20-30 FPS. Of course, it didn't look great or perform very well but it was playable.
Here is a list of my current hardware and relevant software:
Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard Company
Mainboard : Asus Basswood
Chipset : Intel P965
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2400 MHz
Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT
Hard Disk : HDT722525DLA380 (250 GB)
Hard Disk : WD (500 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H653L
DVD-Rom Drive : SATA-DVD DROM6316
Monitor Type : Hewlett Packard HP vs19d - 19 inches
Network Card : 82562V 10/100 Network Connection
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
DirectX : Version 9.0c (April 2009)
Any advice on this would be great and very helpful. Again, I'm on a budget and cannot spend $500 on a video card. I just want to improve my performance, and am looking for a place to start. I can certainly provide any other information that would be helpful.
EDIT: Moved from Internal Hardware to System Building and Upgrading, merged duplicate posts ~ Hamluis.
Edited by hamluis, 20 May 2010 - 03:01 PM.