OK, so I built my current computer about five years ago (during the summer of 2003) and it has become way under powdered. I am entering graduate school in August and as a result don't have the funds to build the computer I really want. I'm not going to be able to play a lot of computer games anyway...but I would like to see if there is any reasonable upgrade I can do to my computer that would make it hold out for another year or 2. I would like to get a couple new games (I like first person shooters and would like the new Medal of Honor and Call of Duty games) and be able to play them...even if at low-medium settings. Anyway, I don't know if this computer is even worth upgrading...part of me says no, but then again part of me thinks I could sink a couple hundred dollars or so into it and make it quite a bit better. So, I'm looking for the advice of the experts here. Here are my current (pathetic) system specs:
Athlon XP 2400+
Asus A7N8X-X Motherboard
2 sticks Kingston PC2700 512MB
Ati Radeon 9500 Pro 128MB
Western Digital 250GB Hard Drive
Windows XP SP2
I don't know what the power supply is...I think its in the range of 300W. Also, when I built this computer I wasn't very knowledgeable and I bought a case and power supply combo, but it has worked for me for 5 years so I can't complain.
Anyway, is there anything I could do with this computer to make it better at minimal cost. I don't really want to rebuild it from the ground up, I'd rather stay with a socket A processor...but would it be worth doing? Also, would a cheap sound card be worth throwing into it and maybe picking up some mid-level speakers (my current one's are crap and I have integrated sound).