So, first of all, this is my first post so i might as well introduce myself. Im 14 years old (and no, i'm not a fatty in real life. ~120-130lbs
) and i own a Dell inspiron mini 10v that is my own. However, that is not what i am here for. My family desktop(the one i will be gaming on) is a HP pavillion Media Center m8200n edition. Here are the basic specs.
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ 3.00Ghz
3072MB of RAM
nVidia GeForce 6150se lame pos.
Windows vista Home Premium 32-bit.
Don't know what psu, or mobo is.
What i was thinking about doing was selling my Xbox 360 and games etc. and use that money to buy a GOOD graphics card for my computer so i can play up to date games on high quality. Use COD 4, GTA IV, Crysis, as benchmark. I have a budget of about AROUND $100. (cheaper the better) So what GPU do you recommend for me? I was thinking about the GeForce 9600 gt, because that is fairly cheap and can play tons of games. Also my other options are 8800 and 9800.
Next, once i have found the right gpu, i need to know if my psu will be fine to run it. I will probably buy a new psu like around 500-600 watts and that should be fine?
Last of all how do i install the video card and the new psu. Links to tutorial much appreciated!
Some last questions before i go:
1) Will the proccesor be good for playing games, and 3gb of ram is good too?
2) How long do you think my computer will last (in terms of playing games) until it becomes outdated and can not play any newer games.
3) Do i need a 1gb card or is 512mb fine?
4) please feel free to put anything else that you think i should know. Thanks! remember im a newby 14 year old that doesn't know MUCH about computers etc. So if you are going to explain, please do so in great detail.