I´ve been pondering this for a few days, and now I´m posting this to hear some opinions on what will be the last upgrade to my current rig, before starting up and saving on a future one (maybe 18 months later) so this upgrade must be the best possible thing.
Ok I own a Dell Dimension 8200 (Pentium 4 2.4 CPU, 850e motherboard, 512 RDRAM pc800 memory, ASUS radeon 9800 (flashed to XT) and after giving Half life 2, Rome; Total War & Far Cry spins, it´s pretty clear I will need an upgrade to make it through with the next generation games (my beloved Elder Scrolls will probably still bring my system to its knees though) I have a $400 budget to spend, and these have been my possible options:
-The fastest possible CPU my motherboard can handle (3.06) plus 256 more RAM (two 256 sticks, but taking out two of my four existing 128 sticks)
-a full gig of ram (for a total of 1280 RAM)
-The 3.06 CPU plus a new power regulator (because my current one is 250wts, and the new procesor might require more, plus the radeon has a recommended power supply at 350 wts)
So any suggestions would be apreciated