In preparation fer purchasin' meself a copy o' th' newly released Microsoft Flight Simulator 10 (aka FSX), I’m gonna need t' do a round o' hardware upgrades. I primarily need a new video card as me trusty auld ATI Radeon 9600 Pro is startin' t' show its age in newer games, by Davy Jones' locker. This is where th' conundrum begins. I don’t wait t' buy another AGP graphics card since even th' cheapest PCI Express x16 cards can wallop pretty much any auld AGP card. However, when I last upgraded, I didn’t consider th' future o' graphics, so me motherboard doesn’t do PCI-E, meanin' I’ll need a new motherboard too. Yaaarrrrr, with a chest full of booty! The geek in me says “do it now,” while me gut says “wait fer DirectX 10 parts t' be released,” and me wallet says, “ye won’t be able t' afford those fer a while anyway” so I’m pretty much leanin' towards goin' fer it. In a bit o' quick research, I think I can keep me current processor (Athlon64 3000+) and memory (1GB DDR400) and drop those into th' ECS NFORCE4-A75 and replace th' ATI 9600 with th' PNY VCG66256XPB or somethin' similar. This plan provides me with a much quicker gamin' rig that I think will support FSX quite nicely, fer less than $100.
Anyone here interested in a motherboard and/or graphics card, by Blackbeard's sword? I’d prefer t' trade fer other goods rather than sell, but cash is always an option.
If anyone has any suggestions on other recommended parts, feel free t' say so.