So my rig is exactly 2 years old now, and it's definitely time for an upgrade. I've only added 1 gig of RAM and replaced my graphics card since then, but it's still pretty out of date according to modern standards. Here are the specs:
AMD 64 3000+ "Newcastle" 2.0GHz (socket 754)
MSI K8T NEO-FIS2R Socket 754 VIA K8T800 ATX AMD Motherboard
2GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400
GeForce 6800ULTRA 256MB DDR3 256-BIT
Antec TruePower TRUEBLUE 480 ATX12V 480W Power Supply
It's become evident that socket 754 won't cut it any more, and upgrading the CPU won't get me too far, so I've decided to go with socket 939 and completely upgrade my CPU/mobo(which does not have a PCI-E slot), along with my graphics card (which is AGP), with a pretty limited budget of approximately $500.
So how would this work? Keep in mind that I am pretty much limited to 939 (no AM2) and AMD because of the 2GB of DDR400 RAM that I don't want to just throw away.
ABIT AN8 32X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16813127232
BFG Tech BFGR7950512GTOCE GeForce 7950GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 OC Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16814143071
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor
What do you think? I greatly appreciate your time and assistance.