What should I upgrade first? PLEASE HELP

Hi im looking to upgrade my computer and i was thinking about upgrading about 3-4 things. I mainly only play games such as Oblivion and HL2 ETC. but i want to be ready for games such as BF3. i would realy love to be able to max out my settings for them all. iv had my eye on the geforce 7900gtx but my current mobo doesnt support PCI-Express...I have about 1000$ in my budget so i want the most important things first. Here are my specs


Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache
1.00GB RAM
Radeon 9800 Pro
160GB 7200RPM hard drive
Microsoft Windows XP Home
290W, 60Hz power supply
(i think thats it :P if not please let me know how i can help further)

i was really thinking about getting a new motherboard with DDR ram sockets and PCI-express, a 7900GT or GTx Video card and a 400w+ power supply unit. how is my hard drive? do you think its worth replacing? I just want to upgrade the things i will see the most out proformace out of really
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    Hi im looking to upgrade my computer and i was thinking about upgrading about 3-4 things. I mainly only play games such as Oblivion and HL2 ETC. but i want to be ready for games such as BF3. i would realy love to be able to max out my settings for them all. iv had my eye on the geforce 7900gtx but my current mobo doesnt support PCI-Express...I have about 1000$ in my budget so i want the most important things first. Here are my specs


    Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 Cache
    1.00GB RAM
    Radeon 9800 Pro
    160GB 7200RPM hard drive
    Microsoft Windows XP Home
    290W, 60Hz power supply
    (i think thats it :P if not please let me know how i can help further)


    You defintly will need a new PSU. I do not recall the one I bought when I upgraded my GPU but make sure you get a decent 400-450w psu. As for the GPU here is an article on AGP cards.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/06/14/radeon_x1600_pro/

    Eddie
  2. hmm
  3. you could do this.. get a new mobo asus which will support your current processor, and memory ( if you have 2700 or 3200). You will need a new power supply and be able then to purchase pci-e video card of your choice. With that mobility i estimate you could spend. 400 for video, 100 extra ram, 100 PSU 500watts and 150 for the mobo..

    You could also build a scratch system and easily spend 1000. You might want to stay closer to 300 on the GPU so you can afford 2 gigs good ram and a really nice mobo..
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