I have been debating upgrading my graphics card to something not too expensive, say a 4670 HD, in order to not completely flop on any game I try to play. Then I thought, what's the point of a new graphics card if, even if I run better, I'm still looking at this old CRT. So I decided I needed a new monitor. I'm looking at either the 22" Acer X223Wbd or the 19" Acer X193WBd. I was wondering if I should go ahead and upgrade my just the graphics card and the monitor, or if I should go ahead and upgrade the rest of my system to keep up with today's standards. I'm afraid that getting a new graphics card won't be enough to keep my system on its feet/running as best it could in today's games, etc. Here's my 5-year-old system:
DELL Dimension 4700
Windows XP SP3
1.5GB PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SDRAM
80 GB HD
Radeon X300/X550 Series
SB Audigy 2 Sound card
If I were to build a new system, I don't exactly have a huge budget. I'm not looking to get the absolute best parts, just ones that are fairly good, and can run most games with good settings. Here are some parts I was looking at:
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower - $69.95
Total: $740.88 (with vista)
With 19" Monitor: $870
With 22" Monitor: $910
What do you think of this build? Is there something I should consider spending a little extra on that would prove to be a good upgrade? Or is there something I should consider down-grading that could save me some cash and not hurt my performance much? Which monitor should I get?
well for the Hard Drive I would go with Western Digital. people on Toms hardware are almost always against Seagate. If the psu goes then it can take everything else with it. I would go with a WD like this one.
I think it would be worth upgrading your video card. I recently upgraded to a Radeon HD 2600 and 2GB RAM from an X600 and 1GB RAM, and I've been pretty happy with the performance increase. A Radeon HD 4670 would be a good fit for your system; you'll be able to play new games at moderate settings, and it should work with the power supply of your Dell.
If you do build a new system, I'd go for a bigger hard drive, a different power supply, and a faster video card.
For gaming, the vga card is all important. I see you are undecided on this. Get the best one that you feel comfortable buying.
I would suggest a EVGA unit so you can trade it in within 90 days using their "step up" program if you should feel you want more.
Start with the 9600GT which is a small step above the 4670. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would also look for vga cards with dual slot coolers because they get the heat our of the case instead of recirculating it.
I won't buy any other kind.