and Im on a budjet and only have around $130.00 to spend for a video card. The computer will primarily be used for gaming (FPS: Counter-Strike, Q3, etc.). I was wondering what you think I should do? Should i just but a low end Geforce4 ti-4200 64MB for now and just save money for the ATI Radeon 9600XT? (because I do plan on playing Half-Life2). Or should I go for a better one now? If so what are some suggestions? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
hmmm, alright I will really consider that. Ill do a little additional reading on the 2500+ also, but I think if I do that Im going to use that saved money on the Radeon 9600XT because it's supposed to be revolutionary, and its only around $200
They're both giving you real good advice, as long as the mobo supports the 400mhz bus you can always upgrade to that later in a matter of minutes once you can get the processor for 100$. I wouldn't even OC, I would just go with a 2500 and get a better vid card.
On the overclocking note. My 2500 does 2.3ghz on stock voltage, and would easily be cooled by the stock heatsink and fan! The newer batches would easily do 3200 speeds on stock voltage!!! No extra cooling needed.... And should you need help overclocking (not much to it these days with nforce 2 boards and 400mhz memory) just post in the oc section and we will see you right...