You can upgrade the graphics card -- the top latest Radeon card came out right at that price point.
Of course Nvidia has some around that price, too.
Just guessing you're running XP and bought that rig in '05.
You're at the point where you're nearly ready for an upgrade/replace of the other bits of the system, too. But a new graphics card can be saved for the computer you get to replace this one. In that sense it's kinda paying forward, not wasted money.
If it were my decision to make, I'd update the graphics and save a processor/mobo or whole computer upgrade for later.
i need help deciding whether i should buy a video card or not
or would it be better to just get a new computer
if i bought one my budget would be around $200 for a video card
i want to be able to play all of the new games that are out right now
for example Call Of Duty 4, Unreal Tournament 3, Crysis, etc..
here are my PC specs
Intel Pentium 4 3.00GHz processor
1.5 GB RAM
Radeon 9600 Pro
any help is appreciated