I currently have an HP Pavilion Desktop (circa 2004). It's running a 2.60 GHz Pentium IV, with 768 MB of ram. The Hard Drive is only about 30GB.
It has a CD/DVD drive and some USB ports. I'm using the built-in sound driver rather than a sound card, and for graphics I'm using an ATI Radeon 9250 256MB (PCI) GPU. Already have a decent hp v72 monitor, very nice 5.1 speaker system hooked up, decent mouse and keyboard.
That's all the info I could find out about it on my own, hopefully you guys can help me find out anything else I need to know
I feel that my PC is getting outdated, however, and my upgrading options are no longer there. I'm already using up my 2 RAM slots (with a 256 and a 512), and my motherboard only has PCI slots, which forced me to get the Radeon.
I would like to use as many parts from this current PC (such as maybe the RAM, mouse/keyboard, monitor, speakers, processor, CD/DVD drive, etc...) and buy some extra parts as needed (like a motherboard) so that I can juice up my PC for running heavy applications (like Photoshop CS3) and high-end games (like Half-Life 2) with some pretty decent graphics. I'm tired of the PCI slots, and I'm looking to get an AGP or PCI-E, but have no idea which one is better.
I'm computer literate when it comes to software, but I'm just getting my feet wet with all the hardware, and I've been reading some guides here and there but I'm having a real problem figuring out if I can do this with what I've got.
I'd really appreciate it if one of you guys could help me out. Thanks