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.
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.
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)
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?
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=N82E168... in case you feel uncomfortable without a new PSU.