Currently I have the following setup;
CPU - Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz
MOTHERBOARD - Intel Bay Field D865GBF
RAM - 1024MB DDR
VIDEO CARD - ATI Radeon 9200SE 128MB
SOUND CARD - Integrated
HARD DRIVE - 160GB Western Digital
DVD BURNER/CD BURNER/DVD ROM -
DVD ROM - 16X48
MONITOR - SAMSUNG CRT753DF 17"
For Christmas, I intend to purchase a nice sound card and speaker system (which is already been bought) and I would also like to upgrade either my video card (direly needed) or my monitor (needed too). I figure, while I know much about computers, not quite sure what I should get. I've narrowed my choices between;
ATI X800XL AGP 256MB ALL IN WONDER SERIES (VIDEO CARD)
VEIWSONIC 19" LCD
From what I comprehend, the video card is a better upgrade, but, what do you guys feel would be the better choice. Personally, I do not play many games, but an occasional game is implied. I love to watch movies and such, which draws me towards the video card. Though, do the TV features cost money? Which features if any?
As far as monitors go, I feel that is a decent monitor and a great price, but will it suffice with a not so great video card? Personally, I hate CRT's, but perhaps, I can live with it another year.
I was also curious, apon purchasing this video card, what differences will I notice? Any right off the bat?