I want to upgrade my current system. Its an LGA 775 and its just not able to handle much anymore. I'm playing MC at all low and barely get about 15 FPS, and now some of my school classes require me to work at home w/ programs such as MAYA 21012 and Photoshop. I do NOT want to get a whole new system, I am saving my money for a new laptop for my next year of HS. This is the current parts in it (If it was prebuilt, if I had built it myself I would have chosen different)
-Intel Pnetium Dual CPU E2180
-Intel 945GC Express
-2.0 GB / 2.0 GB (max) 667.0 MHz DIMM 240-pin
-HDD 1.0 x 320.0 GB
-Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
-Windows Vista 32-Bit
The most I am willing to spend on upgrades is $125 USD
I don't need the newest graphics card or the most storage, but enough to last me another year before I get an entire new system
The model of the machine is
Don't add memory, your system only supports 2 gigs max. Potentially an ATI hd7750
would work in your system w/ the current power supply.on Newegg.com, they go for $110 give or take.
That said your processor & memory are going to limit any gains The card will give you.
Checking auction sites, as Outlander suggests may get more for your money.
The Intel 950 graphics are terrible. I had that on my old motherboard that failed and it could not even run Neverball at more than 25 frames per second at 400x300 resolution. Anything is better as far as the graphics go.
A Radeon 6670 will help but the 7750 is much better. CPU is not too bad. Upgrading the motherboard and graphics doubled the framerate even with a Celeron D 360