5 years ago I bought what I thought was a top of the line Dell Dimension 4600. I have had some problems, and while it was never worth the almost $2500 I paid for it, It has served me well until now.
The only real upgrades I ever made to the system hardware was to [bleep] a CDr Drive, and a second HD to my configuration. The hard Drives went up in size and now I have 4 ATA hard drives, a 320 gig an 80 gig, and 2 40 gigs. - (the 40 gig drives are in a usb external enclosure) I have wanted to upgrade things like my Pentuim 4 chip (2.4 GHz) to a faster one (3.2 GHz) and my Ram from a total of 512 MB to 2 GB. How ever I found out today that In order to play my new PC Game I need pixel shader v1.1? (at least) my Video card is a I need GeForce4 MX 440 and I am beginning to feel that all hope is lost.
There is no way That I can afford a New computer and While I can buy slightly newer systems from various sites like pricewatcher, or computer-show and the like, I have yet to find one that has the same number of usb ports my current one has (8) and is the right shape and size to fit the only space I have for it. Also,If I do, I may have to get rid of my ATA/IDE components since Everything is SATA now.
That would be a waste of money. Money that I don't have. As much as I would like a brand new flashy gaming PC that could handel my office stuff, as well as my incessant love of Photoshop, Video, and music making, I can't afford it. I can't afford to upgrade to Vista and I certainly can't afford to but upgrades to all my software. Aslo I truly Like XP and am content to stay where I am.
The question is , can I ?
Considering the upgrades needed. and my crap budget, does anyone have an Idea as to what I should do, or what I can do under these circumstances. In a perfect world I would want to keep the four dives I have now. There is a lot of info stored on them.
Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.