If I upgrade the RAM and get the best video card that will fit into the AGP 8x slot, can I beat the performance on my laptop for older games like Stronghold, Rome: Total War, and Oblivion? What video card would I get? (I might be interested in playing some newer games as well)
If not, then I need to get a new motherboard. What would be the least expensive MB that can take advantage of DirectX 10 or 11? And which video card would I get with it?
Many thanks to any hardware gurus who can help me out.
That Gigabyte motherboard does support later CPUs, but given the lack of PCI-E and the 2GB memory limit it's not worth it.
You would need a new MB, CPU, and RAM. This list would be about the best deal:
I apologize for the delayed response, I was out of town and the bookmark was on my home laptop. Thanks for the input! The price seems right.
I am at work currently so I can't look up the manufacturer and model of the PS, but I'll do so when I get home.
If I go with the setup you've mentioned here, will I be top-of-the-line video card or somewhere in between? Could you give a suggestion from 1-10 (10 being state of the art retail cards) for what this card can do? I'm just curious.
As long as it can use Shader 3.0 I'll be able to play Battleground Europe though. So that sounds good.