you can also upgrade to a socket 939 opty (opteron) dual core and mobo.
or look at the other mobos i have read this is a good one for the money. the combination above would be well under $300. 245.12 including shipping.
you will still be able to use your ram.
an opty would give better performance, certainly while gaming. later if you want to upgrade your ram you would be able to get major overclocks on it.
the only problem i may see here is that your video card is agp?
you can get it for 129.99 +5.64 shipping.
adding them together you're looking at 380.75
or buy the cpu/mobo and save a little more money for vid card if you can't swing all that. or wait till you have 80 more bones to order it all.
i wouldn't suggest buying a $300 videocard for your system.
for one thing it would be agp=not nearly as good as pci-e. for another, your socket 754 is going to get pretty hard to do anything with, i e upgrade.
i don't agree with ferrari that it is useless at all, but it is about time to upgrade some things.
an opty aand new mobo with the 7600gt will give you a tremendous upgrade from your current system.
when you need to upgrade video cards, you will have the pci-e slot that you need and a processor that can keep up with it.
p.s.. don't be fooled by the numbers on the opterons.
the 165 is the best BY FAR if you are going to overclock. even better than the more expensive optys. if you aren't going to (trust me you will want to), you still have a great rig.