at the moment, i have these parts for my upgrade:
dfi-lanparty ultra -d
athlon64 3200+ venice core
enermax 420Watt psu
2 x 512MB ddr400 geil value ram
1 x 160GB seagate sata
1 x 120Gb seagate pata
philips 190x5 19'' lcd
the case i will be putting these in
saturn cetus case (in nz dollars)
now i'm predominantly into doing some video editing, and putting dvd's together, internet and visual studio programming. my current system is based on athlon xp2100+ with a geforce4 420mx, so i'm very limited for games. However, i want to get a an okay video card so that i can play some of the newer first person shooters on reasonable graphics settings.( by newer, i mean over the last 2 years or so), my budget will stretch to around $NZ240 so the top graphics card i could get would be 6600GT. What i want to know, is that what sort of games could i play reasonably well with this card, and well also, with the 6600 and below. Just want an indication of the range of games i could play, as i have not played many games at all.
One of my pet hates is very hot components, and at same time very noisy fans = so passive cooling that works effectlively would be great.
Any help on this would be much appreciated.