First, let me point out that this is far the most user friendly forum interface that I found looking around, that was the main reason to join here, and most of the posters here seems experts to me.
Recently I was thinking about upgrade my comp, for two reasons. First, it is too old and noisy. Second (the real reason) is that I am translating different MMO's to my native language and it would be nice to run them smoother; none of them requires a high-end configuration: one of them is flash-based, the other one runs in Java environment. As far as I am right, Flash players are not affected by graphic cards, and mainly rely on CPU speed and memory. However, I have read an article about Adobe Flash Player v10, which actually gains advantage of hardware acceleration.
I was thinking about a decent configuration: I am not a hardcore gamer, but I think it is essential to have a decent computer anyway.
The reason I post here is that I have absolutely no clue what parts of my computer should be ditched and upgraded.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
P4P800 (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 WiFi, 4 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
Intel Springdale i865PE
Intel Celeron 4E, 2666 MHz (5 x 533)
Intel® Celeron® D CPU 2.66GHz
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (256 MB)
SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio (Asus P4C800/P4P800)
I am planning to buy a new monitor, video card, CPU, memory, PSU and a sound card (not necessary) . Money is not an option, but I do not want to spend on high-end configuration, as I probably will never take any use of it.
I was thinking about a 22" monitor with 1650x1050 resolution, a good Nvidia card, a high-end dual core Intel CPU and 4 GB fast memory. I would really like to have a silent computer.
So here goes my questions:
1. My motherboard seems outdated, is it a must to change it?
2. If a sound device is integrated into the motherboard, am I able to buy a sound card anyway and install it?
3. I have no clue about cooling and PSUs, but I do not want to go cheap on them, because common sense tells me that these are core elements to stable performance. What do you suggest?
4. What overall configuration would you suggest?
I am living in Hungary, and I am into purchase through internet, so should you have any recommendations, feel free to post a link.
If I forgot to post necessary information, please let me know and I add it. Most likely I will have no clue what you are talking about, as the last configuration I remember clearly was my old 386 SX-16MHz computer; please help me in the way to gather the given information as well.
Lastly, I am sorry for the name, but I really could not find any other that was not in use. I will try to choose another in a short time, though.
Thank you very much for your answers in advance.