Re: Upgrading Questions
I wish I waited, I didn't want the deals to end (there was a case that after the rebate was free)... I selected the 7600GS.
My parents agreed to pay part of the cost (half of what I paid, $135), and I pretty much utilized all of it. I got a 3800+ 2.4GHZ AM2 (I have stock cooling, but I should be able to overclock a little right), 7600GS, and 1GB of DDR667 RAM. Pretty nice huh? I got a combo deal with the hard drive and PSU and got $35 off from it. All for just a little over $400 after shipping.
I don't plan on doing any heavy gaming like FPSs or anything, infact I don't plan on any gaming at all, though if I was to play a game, Civ4 and Europa Universalis 3 (which I believe is even less graphically intensive) would be it. I have and played both Europa Universalis 2 and Civ3 on my current computer, but now I can upgrade my games too I guess, though I don't know how to run them on Linux. But really the video card was for 3D modeling, I didn't know to the extent which a video card would help.