My 3dmark 05 score is in low 3000's and my 3dmark06 score is around 1700. Reading that article it looked like I could add that daughter board and spend another 200 for processor, graphics card and ram to achieve 4x the 3d Marks!
So, like I said the parts I am focusing on CPU, RAM, and Graphics Card, and that daughter board. Here is what I have so far:
Graphics Card : one of the 8800 or 9800 cards that go on sale at the time, probably spend around $100.
Ram: I will just find a good 2GB set of DDR2 ram while time comes to pull the trigger. I never really worried about anything other than the size, please tell me if I should be more concerned here!
As you can see my main concern is getting the right processor and board. What worries me is I read some reviews about the AM2CPU board and they say its huge, may not fit my ugly Antec Plus 1000 case. ALSO, I have read I will have to buy a backplate for it to work. Not sure whats going on there. But I have time to figure it out as I will wait for Black Friday and other holiday deals.
So i got to thinking maybe a better mobo processor ram combo is out there that I don't even know about. This is where I am lost. Is there anything out there that I can do for the same price range and match or out perform the tom's article marks?
Yeah, that CPU daughter card is pretty big . I'm sure you'll find it to be a huge improvement from what you have though when you slap that 6000+ on it. You really are better off with the Windsor model though
and it's even a little cheaper. I don't really think there is too much else you can do on that limited budget. On the other hand if a circuit city near you is being closed down you can probably get a good deal on a 4850 on black friday .