The HD4830 is probably your best bet if you don't want to upgrade your processor/ram/motherboard. Even that may bottleneck a little with your current proc/ram, but at least the card is cheap. It will also show some significant gains over the old X800.
"Significant gains" yeah that is the word I am looking for. I am not quite ready to build a new rig just yet, maybe next year, but I do want better performance than what I am getting out of my current card.
that linux guy wrote:
Are you getting bad performance in newer games, or have you tried yet?
Linux Guy, I have tried several newer games and on most, I am having to run low, low/mid, or mid settings to get a decent game experience. One newer game, boishock for example, is just out of my league even at all low settings. I am not looking to be able to play that on all mid settings even with a new card; I know that is more than likely a pipe dream, but for the games that I do play, I would like to get the most out of them that I can.
Who knows, with a new card, maybe I can even go to 1280 x 1024. The max setting on my monitor (yeah it is old as dirt, but the display is still great and I am cheap).
Thanks for both your suggestions. I will look into the 4830 for now and start saving up the cash for a rig build next year.