Re: Best AGP graphics card?
I have four IDE devices (3 HDD, 1 DVD burner).
Would I notice a significant upgrade in performance with the $250-300 upgrade package you were proposing?
This might sound silly, but I've somehow managed to time my upgrades, coincidentally or subconsciously, with the release of Valve games, and considering that the Half-Life series is nearly the only games I play, it's just worked out for me as I never really pushed my systems with other things. With Episode 3 coming out in a year or so, it's like I'm biding my time for a full system upgrade until then because I am pretty sure this system will not satisfy that game's needs.
I do occasionally push my system with something new like Mirror's Edge, Left 4 Dead and Crysis, but I have to run them at their lowest setting. I also got a 24" widescreen monitor last year which ended up being bitter sweet because the native resolution was too high for even Half-Life 2 DM to run smoothly in widescreen mode - I'm having to run that game in fullscreen mode with a lower resolution, giving me a stretched screen, which I hear isn't very good for the monitor either.
Other than that, my only other performance pusher is Photoshop, but I don't believe that program benefits from a graphics card upgrade.