Its been a quite awhile since I’ve upgraded, right now I’ve got an Athlon XP-M 2600+ Barton running at 2.27ghz, Shuttle AN35N-Ultra 462(A) Nforce2, GeForce FX 5900SE 128MB, 1.5 gb of ram, an 2 120 gb western digital IDE HDs.
I use my computer for Photoshop, some video encoding, and some 3D work in Lightwave and Maya, though currently working in these programs is the concern not really high res rendering.
I have a very limited budget(~$400), but I’m in need of a quick upgrade for some classes I’m taking. I’m running Windows XP pro(32) right now I doubt I’ll upgrade to Vista for at least another year.
I haven’t really been following the hardware market since about 2004 so I’m at a little bit of a loss as to what to get. Although it looks like Intel now has a clear edge and I’d like to go that way, at the price point I’m looking for it seems like AMD is my best option.
Things I’m going to try to keep (for now) from my current system,
- Chieftec Dragon Mid-tower
- 8x NEC DVD burner
- 16x DVD Rom
- SoundBlaster Live! Platinum(dated I now but my audio needs aren’t high and I really like the front panel and remote)
- Wireless card
Also, if you game at all, newegg had an 8800 gs superclocked edition video card for about 110 after rebates. I think it's like 140 before though. But if you game, I think that's a way better card. Depending what resolution you play at, it should at least hold it's own against a 9600 gt. So you may want to consider that as well.