My family has an older desktop, a pretty crappy HP mini tower system, maybe 10 years old now? The graphics card (ATI Radeon HD 4200) is so old that it seems they don't even make updated drivers for it for Windows 10, which has been causing problems for me since the latest Windows update, which was naturally forced upon me by Windows. I know it's possible to uninstall upgrades and revert to older settings, but it's a slower computer and I'd much rather just upgrade it anyway.
So I've been looking into upgrading this desktop. I've only upgraded the RAM so far, (from 4 to 12 GB) which has made a huge difference. But I am especially interested in upgrading the video card and maybe the processor, but I've read that it might be a problem if my power supply can't handle it. I would call myself computer literate but not an expert by any means. So I'd love some advice from people who clearly know more than I do about this kind of thing as to whether it's possible/worthwhile to A, upgrade my system fairly cheaply and effectively, or whether I would be better off to B, build a new budget system from scratch, or C, buy something prebuilt (which I would really rather not do).
FYI, I don't really do any gaming anymore, so the most taxing thing I use the computer for is for graphic design and Illustrator. Which means I'm not looking for anything spectacular, just something that won't struggle with basic graphic design stuff.
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250, 3000 Mhz, 2 core
Memory: DDR3, 12GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4200
Power Supply: total 220W max
OS: Windows 10 x64
Much appreciate any help!
Edited by crofab, 04 February 2018 - 12:16 PM.