Okay here are my current system specs - by the way, feel free to comment on my current specs also, I upgrade all the time and the comments help a lot
Case - Aspire X-Cruiser (Blue)
CPU - E6600 Core 2 Duo
CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooler Freezer Pro 7
PSU - Hiper 570W Type-R Modular
Graphics - X1800XT 256Mb ATI
RAM - Corsair 2GB DDR2 XMS2-5400C4 TwinX
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA_965P_DS3 (Socket 775)
Hard Drive - Maxtor 280Gb
I think that's it - apart from a semi-cheap DVD drive
By the way - I know that it wasn't the greatest choice for a hard drive, but when I built the PC I wasn't too much in the know when it came to hard drives But it's been good to me so far (Touch wood )
Your system is fine, if you have money to upgrade all the time then get a 8800GTX. 8)
On the other hand, you can wait a little more for ATI's & nVIDIA's new graphics cards.(X2900 & 8900series)
as i said before, just make sure that your power supply can handle a newer graphic card :!:
That is an awesome card.I have just recently installed the EVGA version of that card for a friend and it can literaly take your breath away with the eye candy on.Grab it,or wait a week or two more to get the 640 meg version.Goodluck.
AMD X2firstname.lastname@example.org TOLEDO
EVGA NF4 SLI MB
2X EVGA 7950GT KO IN SLI
4X 512MB CRUCIAL BALLISTIX DDR500
WD300GIG HD/SAMSUNG 250GIG HD
ACER 22IN WIDESCREEN LCD 1600X1200
THERMALTAKE TOUGHPOWER 850WATT PSU
COOLERMASTER MINI R120
I did pay $324.99 for the BFG oc2 320mb 8800gts though and had them put it in my new system. I'm trying to cancel it and have them take it out so i can just order the evga 320mb superclocked to put in myself.
to be eligible for the step up program in can't be part of a pre built even custom system supposedly.
Also, will I be ok to get a 24" monitor to upgrade from my 20" apple cinema display (older clear and white one)?
was thinking of the Dell 24" i forget the model # but the new one with the wider color gamut though some think the older version without that looks better somehow.
i've heard some say you dont want to go that large of a monitor unless your vid card can handle it but 22" wont me as much of an upgrade from a 20" as the 24" will be.
ok I got the BFG 320mb 8800gts OC2 for $299.99. That is the best or better then any price on the net fot it and not many merchants have that card.
I still really think its specs are slight better then eVGA 320mb 8800gts superclocked though the eVGA has their step up program as a benefit. If i got that card i wold have had them not install it and throw it in separately or order it from a diff merchant then built my new pc so i could be eligible for the step up program.
in 90 days or less whatever it is there prob wont be anything better for same price and I dont need to spend more on a video card t hen i already did when i mostly game on 360. Plus i have a baby on the way and prob wouldn't have time to make use of the step up program.
the benefit of the BFG oc2 320mb card (that i still think has slight higher specs then the evga superclocked one) is that they installed and tested it for me so i know i should be good to go.
they also lowered my shipping for my custom built desktop pc case/tower so I dont want to make them go through the trouble of removing the bfg card though that is the card I wanted from the start inquired about and got a price match but their site had the wrong item # so it wouldnt' go through on the order and at the time I wanted to add a vid card as part of my order so i got to looking at the BFG one and was impressed by the BFG oc2 320mb 8800gts specs and it was actually a dollar less then the less power BFG oc (no 2) 320mb version.
i think it should be great even with my 20" apple cinema dispaly and will be a huge upgrade from whatever i have in my old pc that i can't remember though its an ati radeon something from years ago.
I need a new mouse though, any recomendations? maybe new keyboard too and then eventually a monitor (prob the Dell 24" unless im afraid the vid card can't handle it and i just go 22")