This is a great forum and I have been reading posts for a long time. Great info
Anyways, SWG gave me the motivation to do another upgrade. Current equipment below
350W enermax ps
Athlon 1.2 GHz
Geforce 2 Ti 64mb
256MB Micron 2100 Memory
Seagate 80Gig HD
I got about $310 for upgrade and I want the best performance for Star Wars Galaxies as well as upcoming releases(HL 2 and Quake IV) as I can get.
Athlon XP 2200+
256 MB Micron 2100
Radeon 9700 nonPro
I'm looking for other's suggestions. Also will the 4x agp on my MB hurt video performance alot? I was also thinking of getting a cheaper video card and getting the ECS L7S7A2. This board would also let me over clock much easier. I have had great performance/reliability with my K7S5A, although little overclocking ability without alot of work.
Your current thought is good. I wouldn't go with a less video card, I'd stick with the 9700.
And no, the 4x AGP will not hurt video performance at all. There is pratically no difference between 4x and 8x. (MABY, a difference of 3 frames).
I am looking for an upgrade at the mo sa well, and am limited to a budget similar to yours, except that i have south african rands making stuff more expensive. Anyway, im looking for specs slightly different to yours as graphic cards are really expensive and seeing as they are im gonna go for a faster cpu.
These are the specs im looking at (no brand names as im not far in my upgrade quest) :
nforce2 mboard w/agp8X, ddr400, integrated mx440(or not if i get a gcard)
amdxp Barton cpu 2600XP
optional: ati 9500 128mb, case 350w black
AGP 8x doesnt seem to be having an impact at the mo in the benchmarks ive seen but at higher resolutions its been showing its head. I'd get a mboard w/it to be on the safe side as it may have a 5-10fps impact when playing the likes of doom3/quake4/halflife2. Definitely get an OClocking friendly mboard as it will save u when you PC gets out of date (which it will in short time). A harddrive is the lowest of priority to me as they have been very slow in improvement over the past few years aside from size.
Zuse: I would love to get a better motherboad, but that would mean I have to get a cheaper Vid Card. Based on what sargeduck said, I think i'll stick with what I had posted and put a new motherboard on the wish list.