This is my first post at this web site. Basically I am looking for advice on upgrading my computer, mostly because I want it to be able to handle intense gaming. I am anticipating one game in particular that comes out in March (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion) that is going to be extremely graphic intensive. My specs:
Motherboard: Intel D845EBT
CPU: 2.26 Ghz P4 533Mhz FSB
GPU: GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128mb DDR RAM (4x AGP slot)
I know that my video card is practically outdated, and I would like to upgrade. I am not too worried about budget, so I am really looking for the best AGP card that is available. I have looked at the GeForce 6800 series as well as the top of the line ATI AGP cards (x850's). I am not certain which way to go. Also, my motherboard is 3 years old and the FSB is only 533Mhz. How big of a factor is this going to be in regards to graphics capabilities with the newer cards, and will this affect what card I should get? I am really not an expert on this.
Secondly, would upgrading my CPU help at all for gaming? I have done some research and have found that my board can support up to a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4. I have no idea how much that would help or if it would be worth it.
Finally, my power supply is only 300 watts. I have noticed that most, if not all, of the new video cards require a power supply with that least 350 watts. Should I get a new power supply, and if so, what is recommended?
Like I said, I have no spending budget, but I would prefer to just keep my current computer and upgrade it as opposed to buying an altogether new one. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Edited by protein25, 12 January 2006 - 03:44 PM.