I have a Abit Kn9 SLi which had a athlon x2 3200 (may have been a 3000, kinda gone and forgotten), I last month I put in a 64 5600 x2 dual core (coolermaster Hyper TX3 92mm HP CPU Cooler) type and am loving that, but want to bring the rest of the PC out of the dark ages for win 7 64bit. so I am kinda making sure I have a balance planned. I ran the RC1 with the 9500 GT and the old processor and all was well, so I think we are only moving to the good now that I have the budget to play with) I am on a budget of $250 (not including win 7)
gefore 9500GT is being replaced with a 9800GTS or 8800GTS (considering running 9500GT for physx, but not sure theres much reason)
from 3gig 800 ddr2 up to 6gig 800 ddr2 still using matched pairs
Pushed by a 500W power supply.
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator
I went here and added my stuff up with both vid cards and this is what it told me.
Minimum PSU Wattage: 401 W
Recommended : 451 W
have a 500W
So my point, will this be a better gaming experience or should I stop while I'm ahead? I really cannot afford a new MB and chipset, if I do I want to go DDR3, and that will become even more expensive. I have had a solid positive experience with my rig and it still does pretty good for itself, but my budget and seeing what is out there for 400 dollars and using them (cost of win7+upgrades) I don't see how I will get my money's worth going new budget..
anyway, thanks for the look any and all help is appreciated.