Upgrade confusion deffinately need help
I have read the site extensively and can't find specific info for my needs.
As happens I have decided to upgrad my video card and wouldn't you know it.... my machine is somewhat out of date.
P4 socket 478 2.4g
Ram: 2 pc3300 512mb
3 non SATA hard drives
My dvd rw is a usb
Current Video is a Nvidia 4200ti
I am looking to move to a 256mb vid card for gaming. I have done some research and it appears that the PCI express is what I will need.
I am hoping to keep my costs down in what components I need as a minimum but the overall cost of each item is not really an issue as I would like to buy whatever components I need that will last a while as far as not needing upgrading. Basically if I can keep my processor and ram and only need to buy a motherboard and vid card.. that would be ideal but I am not expecting that is possible or the best solution.
I really do need to have a MB that has at least the capability of 2 non SATA hardrives. My drives are the main components that I do not wish to replace.
I am aware that I may need a new power supply for a new motherboard as my current power supply has only standard power connections for drives. I have seen some that have additional connection but I don't know what they are for.
As far as usage, I use my puter for the internet, office, and gaming. I don't do any video editing or anything like that but I would like to be able to have a tv out (probably S-video) on my vid card.
I have seen a couple of motherboards that have an option for AGP and PCIx which would be good. I could keep my current vid card for tv out and use the PCIx card for my monitor.
I imagine I need a MB, Processor, Ram, Vid Card, and Power Supply and maybe a new case. I do not do any overclocking so I do not really need that functionality.
If any of this is unclear please ask for details. I am not a complete noob but I am out of touch with the current technology so I'm feeling a little lost.