Gamerlicious: Thanks for the mobo explainer. I'm not completely slang-proficient just yet. Went 2 years knowing what DSL was before anyone explained what the initials stood for.
So my 128mb video is leeched from my RAM? That stinks. As far as the game(s), if getting an actual card will boost my "home" RAM, while adding video card ram at the same time, I think this will adress both possible slowing issues. Sounds like a win-win. I'll ask about these cards at my local surplus/supply shop. Thank you for your response.
warriorscot: Of the five shown in your LINK, which is best? The most expensive? What are "Pipelines"? Something to do with power, speed, "throughput"? Sorry, it's just that I understand the concepts of all this stuff, just not the specifics. Are these really superior in performance to the one suggested by Gamerlicious? If so, could you give me a brief explanation?
As far as more RAM, yeah, if I had $2k, I wouldn't even be here. My budget is $100, RAM will have to wait about 6 months. I understand, it's something worth doing, and I WILL.
The processor I have is staying till I get a new PC. I understand it's on the slow side, but I think it's the least of my problems. Unless 2.5ghz processors suddenly drop to $100, then I'll just work around it.
Thank you for your response.