I have an old system that i'm looking to partially upgrade. This is a system that I have periodically upgraded bits and pieces over time. I originally built this system as a P4 1.4ghz socket478 like 8 yrs ago when it first came out. I've upgraded about all of it over time.
Currently I have a Soyo mobo socket 478 w/ AGP, 2gb DDR RAM, P4 Prescott 3.0ghz, and a GeForce FX 5900 (non-ultra).
I'm going to be playing mostly older games, such as Everquest and strategy type games, but may play some of the older FPS. I don't care about playing the latest FPS games - I don't want to spend a lot of money to do so.
I was hoping to upgrade my mobo (to PCIexpress) and graphics card to something newer. What would be a decent match for the processor I have? I'm hoping to do an upgrade for under $200. Just something to tide me over until I can save up for a proper machine.
What would you suggest my best bet be for an upgrade? Thanks in advance!!!
What you could do is make something that is known on another forum i use as a "Dave special" Named after the guy who first introduced them to the forum.
Asroc make this Motherboard. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
It has an AGP slot and a X4 only pcie slot. now this wont affect you speed wise if you do intend to only play older games. It will however give you access to lower priced PCIE cards.
BTW, since several of you mentioned my power supply, I bought a "good" power supply when I bought my graphics card. It's a Thermaltake "smartpower" (i think) with a wattage of approx 480w. Not sure if that's enough - I've had no problems so far!
But yeah, those are the type of games I'd like to play. on my FX 5900 even everquest is a bit slow. I'd love to play Half Life 2, which i've heard is good, but I figure my current graphics wouldn't suffice.
I can tell you from my own experience that you hardly need a cpu-upgrade. I upgraded from a P4 2,8 to a athlon 64 x2 5000+ and ONLY in games REALLY built for multicore--like the unreal engine 3.0 the is a differece. Otherwise 3.0 GHz is still a fast cpu whatever the 'must have latest gizmo'-guys say.
Your real bottleneck is the memory and its subsystem though but thats not such a big deal. That Asrock mobo Mactronix talks about seems like a good idea.
i was in a similar situation as you at the beginning of this year. i put so much money into my old P4 rig and it still wasn't performing well. after all the upgrades i only managed to get around 20fps on low graphics in crysis. i later decided that enough is enough. i put together a fairly cheap amd-based system. With everything, (everything being a 780G chipset mobo, an athlon x2 4200+, 2GB PC6400, and a seagate 7200.11 500GB, along with some really cheap asus case), i spent about $300, and the difference was huge. the integrated graphics on that motherboard was almost as fast as my old 7600GT! as sad as it may sound, even the IGP on today's motherboards (mostly amd rather than intel) may be faster than your 5900.