I'm looking to spent around $350 thinking I could put it all towards a new GPU or new CPU/MB/RAM. If i go the CPU/MB/RAM path i'll most likely be going with AMD since it'll probably give me the most bang for my buck because if I'm going to do the RAM upgrade i want to go ahead and move towards DDR3; doing that with Intel seems like it would put me over budget.
Thoughts and suggestions?
Edit (as shown in post in thread): My purposes are for mostly gaming and my current monitors max resolution is 1440x900.
If the purpose is gaming performance then getting a 5850 GPU is the way to go. Your processor may not let you make full use of its power, but it will still be a strong card in a couple years when you do swap out for new CPU/mobo/RAM.
*I better qualify this. If you are running a low resolution monitor, then the 8800 may already be maxxing it out and you would see no difference.
If the purpose is rendering software, video conversion, CAD or other processor intesive apps then the CPU/mobo/RAM will be the thing to swap.
I don't disagree, you GPU is sorely lacking for todays games, but so is your processor. At only 2.1ghz, every last mhz more you can squeeze out of it will show improvement with that new video card. Honestly.