I currently have a XP2600+ with a Radeon 9800 PRO.
I looked at some articles on web site in connection with the CPU and Carte Video.
My choice would go for a Pentium 4 Dual Core 2.8 Ghz.
On the other hand I wanted to know if my video card could still give me satisfaction or there are some models (not very expensive) which could increase quality and speed on certain games. (I'm not a big gamer but I like sometimes to play with Doom 3 or Prey).
I searched for hours (VGA Charts on web site etc...), and it would seem that Radeon 9800 Pro can be still a good choice (before upgrading definitively).
Thank you very much for any advice you could give me.
I think any way you go, your better off with a series 6/7 nV or an X1300 and beyond ATi series. Even being a light gamer you'l notice more detail and better image quality. Newer generation cards have more features, shaders, reflectivity, ect. Take a 7300GT that includes every feature you'd see on a 7900GT, they're going for 100 - 120 bucks @ Best buy, Circutcity.
BTW; 6 months ago I bought a 3D Fusion (BFG) 7300GS from Best Buy. Overclocked to almost 200MHz on the core and about 200MHz on the memory. Ran Doom3 @ 1024x768 2xAA very smoothly on an AMD 64 3500. AMD's 64bit line has dropped tremendously as another option for your upgrading frenzy :wink:
Oh yes for this part, I have seen some interesting board. I have seen too a Gigabyte and Asus board with both AGP and PCI-Express.
Don't go there...
Get a PCI-E motherboard (no AGP), either an AMD AM2 (cheap) or an Intel Conroe (starts at $180 for CPU).
If you keep your current card you will be stuck with an AGP board that will have a crippled PCI-E slot (if any). You will be investing in throw-away parts.