Old computer, not sure if its worth upgrading or trashing.
3000xp amd cpu
1 gig of 2700 ram
6800 128meg agp 8x
430 psu with 16A on the 12v rail
So looking to give it a bump up before trashing it.
It looks like ram is around $45 for 512 or $80 for a gig.
not sure what video card would be a good upgrade but I was looking to spend $120 or so.
Basically $200 to last me a year.
but then i get to thinking maybe a new computer would be better
400 for a 8800 gts
150 new mobo
200 new cpu
100 new psu
175 2 gig ram
So I figure around 1100 to upgrade, i'll keep the atx case, and the cd burner and hdd.
or i can throw in a sata hdd for around 100.
third option is to spend a little more on the agp graphics card and also purchase a strong PSU that will last me when i upgrade to the 8800. This will give me more options but will end up costing me around $300-$350
Normally I would recommend the new build...but. This year, especially the first half is going to have a lot of changes. Between evolving core quantity, multi-threaded games, new smaller nm processes & most importantly DX10. By extending the life of your current rig, you can avoid the bleeding edge and get the best of both worlds.
So, add the 1GB. If you have 2 open slots, I have some Kingston PC3200 to sell (512x2). Runs great at PC2700 speeds and 1/2 price of new.
I would think a new video card would produce very little improvement. What version of 6800? If it's a "vanilla" 6800 then an upgrade could help. If it's a GT or an Ultra or something then the improvement won't be that noticeable, that CPU will really be holding you back. I would save for a new computer after R600 launch in that case.