A hardware question: videocards and processors
Hi, I have some questions regarding my current CPU speed, and how a newer videocard will run on it.
I have an AMD Athlon XP 1.2 GHZ, and 512 mb DDR memory.
I was thinking about upgrading my video card from a Radeon 7500 to something like a GeForce 6800GT, ATI Radeon X800 PRO 256MB AGP, Radeon 9800XT 256MB, or a Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB... so my questions are would my computer be able to support a nop notch video card? Would I be able to run games like HL2, Doom 3, Far Cry, UT2004, with perfect framerate?
I was reading some reviews for these cards, and they say you need a good processor for the games to run. But I definitely do not want to spend the money on a processor, and will not. So is it worth buying a video card with my current CPU specs?
Which video card should I buy which best suits the specs?
Would just upgrading my RAM another 256 DDR make a big difference?
Would a Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB be able to run all the new games at a decent framerate?
Also, how do I find out my computer's power wattage?
Thanks and respect,