...but that was then and this is now. I've found there's nothing more frustrating than old hardware, except old software! Seeing how it's a Dell upgrading is hit-or miss and often unpredictable.
When you got to a new graphics card that will take a lot of load off the processor. My take is this: look at the graphics car as the first step toward a new PC; you can take it with you when you upgrade to a new rig (Dell should be reassembled and given away/sold/used as file & print server etc) and if you don't get sufficient gains then you've wasted nothing, it's still a good card for another PC.
I currently have a Dell Dimension Series Computer (about 4 years old). The specs are: Intel Pentium 3 1Ghz processer, 384 RAM, a 20 Gig hard drive, and a nVidia GeForce 2 MX/MX 400 Graphics Card. I want to play relatively new games (not neccesarily the most cutting edge). I have three questions.
1. Can I install a new graphics card on my computer (I know that when you buy computers from Dell, sometimes things, like the processor, can't be upgraded.) So I am not sure if this is possible, and if so, how hard it would be.
2. Is it worth it to upgrade my computer or to buy a new one. If I were to upgrade, I would only be looking to spend around $200 ((I was looking at a nVidia Geforce 6600GT Graphics card and 128 more RAM). But if it costs over $300 to do a decent upgrade, then I might as wel
l buy a new computer.
3. This kind of goes along with the previous question. How much does the processor have to do with performance and ability to run a game. What I mean is, do a decent graphics card and RAM make up for a low end processor such as mine.
Answers to these questions would be greatly appreciated.