I don't do gaming so I don't need anything hardcore. But I do use my computer for graphic design and web design, photography/photo editing so somewhat graphic intense depending on file size and such. I also do occasional video editing but only once in a blue moon since my system is not great for it.
Please don't laugh at my old OS but here is my current set up:
Win 2000 Pro
mobo: ASUS P5PE-VM
Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz
video card: e-GeForce 7300 GT
(if you need more specs just let me know which?)
With a new barebones system or even minimal upgrades I would like to move up to:
Win XP Pro (which I already have purchased)
4 GB of RAM (yes, I know I won't get quite the full 4GB...)
possibly a better video card (my current is compatibly with XP but I know it's not great for video)
I would prefer to keep a budget of around $300 -$400 if possible, I know that will depend a lot on if I end up with a new video card and which one though. I know I could go out and get an 8 GB system with Win7 and all that if I wanted to spend the money and maybe I'm crazy not to so feel free to do your best to convince me I'm insane to stay with an older Windows version.
But what is my best bet here? Can I replace only the motherboard and find one that will give me the capability of 4 GB RAM and still use my old chip with it? Is replacing the mobo something that *anyone* can do or is there too much room for error of a noob doing it and I'm better to buy a mobo/chip combo or even a barebones to put all of my stuff into? Do I need a better video card? Any recommendations for my situation would be helpful for me in deciding which direction to go in.
Edited by branduin, 11 April 2011 - 12:32 PM.