Upgrading from AGP to PCI-e

I'm looking to update my PC from AGP to PCI-e so I can upgrade my videocard without all the problems that seem to go along with AGP cards now a days (lack of support mainly).

My current system:
CPU: Intel 3.0c GHz
RAM: 2.5GB OCZ
PSU: 380w Antec
Mobo: ASUS P4P800-D
Videocard: ATI Radeon AIW-9800 Pro
OS: WinXP Home
Case: Antec Sonata

Uses: Mainly used for playing games, WoW in particular. Occasionally older FPSes (CoD4 being the newest, most stressful game).

Potential candidates for a new videocard would be:
Geforce 8600 GTS
Radeon 3850 512MB
Geforce 9600GT 512MB

I think that's all the important info. Anything more that's needed, just ask.

What I want to know is, what will I have to upgrade to make this transition (please make specific recommendations whenever possible)? I'm guessing the mobo and PSU for sure, but need some experienced/educated advice.
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  1. You will have to build a new system overall. Your CPU is Socket 478, which is obsolete. Newegg only has one 478 mobo, but it takes DDR2 while you have DDR.
  2. ^ I agree. New CPU, Mobo, and memory, along with the video card.
    What is your budget???
  3. and for card I would go only with 8800gts (G92) more expensive but will take care of you for a while.
  4. yup I agree just build cheap budget PC you can get away with like 500-600 and have still decent build. For budget I always stick with AMD though. But for anything with more spare room I would go intel. Ignore Quads all the way till they go down in price. Have fun.
  5. I wouldn't be that fast to change out your 380w PSU, in this $500 gaming rig article it's what TomsHardware writer Soderstom used with a 8800GS GPU. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-graphic-game,1810.html It should help keep your costs down.
    For mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059
    For CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
    For RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098
    For GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500038 OR
    alternative GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150280

    The cheapest alternative would be to get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102730 AGP card, get the updated AGP hotfix drivers from ATI and extend the life of your system. I have a friend that plays WOW and he's very happy with his 3850 upgrade.
  6. extending life of your current system is good idea that will give you extra time to save up for your new build. dirtmountain makes good point and his selection for components is good as well (second card option)
  7. I figure a budget of 600 bucks should be able to take care of everything (taking whatever I can salvage from my current PC to cut costs). I'm guessing performance wise, that'd be good for a mid-range type of build.

    Would my current PSU work fine with that 3850 ATI card? Anything else I should note about it? I just may pick that up instead of rebuilding everything and save some more money if I can. And if my current PSU isn't sufficient, anything I should know about those or can I just go out and buy whatever replacement I want?
  8. Your 380w antec PSU should be fine to power the 3850 AGP, it would be less then system recommendations, but it does have the power to do it. It wouldn't be the PSU i'd pick if you were buying a whole new system, or felt like dropping $50 - $90 on a new PSU, but it will be sufficient. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004 in case you feel uncomfortable without a new PSU.
  9. It never hurts to try. You can always pick up a new one.
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