Since I'm planning on building a PC (or buying a laptop) next year I figure I might as well buy a few parts so I can game a bit until then..
Basically what made me actually want to do this is the release of the Orange Box (HL2, HL2:Ep 1 + 2, TF2 etc)....I'm looking to upgrade my computer to be able to run these games relatively well, but I'm not expecting anything flashy with the money I'm willing to spend...
Right now I have an HP Pavilion a420n no real upgrades...
RAM-PC2700 512 MB RAM (running 447.5 because of on board graphics processor)
Processor- AMD Athlon XP 3000+ (2.16 ghz rated at 3.00 ghz)
Video Card -the onboard processor 64mb video memory (takes from my RAM)
Anyway I'm just looking to buy a relatively cheap (under 100 US dollars) graphics card. What I want in the Graphics Card: nVidia chipset, 256MB video RAM, and the specs for the orange box call for Shader Model 3.0. Also I don't know what this is but it calls for "Video HW Transform & Lighting"....
I'm also looking to buy another stick of 512 MB RAM....
I found a few things I think would do good but I always like to get a second opinion..
CORSAIR ValueSelect 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 333 (PC 2700)
For Graphics Card-
I'm not really sure I was looking at some that seemed like they'd suit my needs for cheap-
something like this maybe-
any and all help is appreciated