Intel 2.8ghz processor
1 GB PC 3200 ram
XP sp2 home
GeForce3 Ti200....served me very well have had it for 4 years.
I'm not a big gamer, but I'm really enjoying Half Life2. I do a lot of music editing on my computer, so one of my big concerns with a new video card is fan noise. I'd like to stay with Nvidia and have been thinking of getting a 6600GT AGP. Don't want to spend more than $150 on an AGP card, suggestions appreciated. Wondering if I should just wait and upgrade to PCI-express next year with a new motherboard video card combo.
Spectacular! That has to be the best card for under $130.
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I just bought the same exact card a couple weeks ago from Newegg for for $130(+ tax), thinking it wouldn't/couldn't go lower. I wish I needed more of them, but instead have been trying to convince some close Ti4200 owners to upgrade. Deaf ears unfortunately, but at $115, wow. Especially for those who don't get charged tax (blasted Newegg NJ wharehouse)
You could get a S939 system with AGP. That'll allow you to upgrade you CPU quite a bit at least. As for the AGP, there's still some stuff coming out for it like the X850XTPE and so forth so you'll have some upgrade room there as well.
I'm very happy with the purchase. The new card is running smooth and quiet. It's going to be a lot of fun going back and rediscovering some games I have not played in awhile. For my purposes this is just what I was looking for, a great value that hopefully lasts the life of my current system. Never easy to decide when to upgrade/revamp...but it sure is fun! Thanks again for all the help here, I've learned a lot on these boards.