Oooh, didn't even know Maximum PC had a forum - sweet. Been a subscriber forever and had no idea. Thankfully I found it tonight though because I'm in some need of good advice for an upgrade!
Here's what I'm working with at the moment:
AthlonXP 2100+ 1.73GHz
Raidmax 350 PSU
512MB Crucial RAM
Biostar M7VIP (Ver 1.0) - Integrated Audio and Video
Nvidia TNT2 32MB 4X AGP
Western Digital 40GB HDD
Windows XP w/ SP2
A simple build. I've had this for over 2 years now and never had a single problem with it. I'm happy with the speed of it and everything else.
Thing is - I'm running out of hard drive space and I enjoy playing Sims 2 (and very few other games, far from an avid gamer). Sims 2 is nothing but choppy with my current video card so I popped in a XFX Nvidia GeForce 2 64MB and it sends my computer into tantrums...turns my BIOS into funny characters that looks like another language, freezing after XP loads, etc....I have to disable it in Device Manager to use my computer for everything else and enable it when I'm ready to play Sims 2. Too much crap for me to fuss with.
So, I figure...if I'm going to upgrade the hard drive and the video card...might as well upgrade whatever else would be wise to upgrade while I'm at it. I realize the Biostar mobo isn't that great (although never gave me any problems thus far)...could definitely use a faster CPU...and who doesn't always need more RAM?
I'm not really on a set budget but don't necessarily want to build a whole new computer either...I'd at least like to keep the case, hehe.
What are the suggestions and advice from all of you techies out there? Hit me with it, I'm ready!
Thanks in advance, guys!