Some of you may know of my old souped up gaming rig, which is still housed in a now-obsolete white Dell Tower from like 1999 or something. I've had this comp since before I came to CA, before I even signed on a username in 2000. It's taken me through countless games on PC and emu alike. It still has Windows 98, but currently supports an additional 60 GB of harddrive space to supplement the original 13GB drive. I gave it a scavenged Toshiba DVD-ROM drive and its SB Live!, while it doesn't support EAX, is still highly compatible with new and old games alike. The jewel in its crown is its Geforce FX 5900 Ultra 256 graphics card, which recently became second-rate due to the 6800.
It's like the Millenium Falcon- looks like a piece of junk, but it's got it where it counts. Still, I've never upgraded the processor. It's an old Pentium II that goes just under 600 mhz. Needless to say, this is not suitable for modern games, which require at least 1 Ghz and WANT you to have 3 Ghz in your tank. The RAM on the thing is 256 MB, and I put that in there myself (it used to be- get this- 32 MB, but it usually sputtered around at 16 MB). Now even the RAM is obsolete.
I've probably mentioned this before, but maybe not. I need a new processor. And frankly, I'm not sure if my old motherboard was made to handle a pentium 4. Hell, I don't even know how to install a processor. And as for RAM-- well, I'll need new RAM, too, because the kind I have is an old-skool design that won't fit in new motherboards.
So, in summation:
Windows 98 (I'm going to keep this.)
Pentium II that goes under 600 mhz
256 MB RAM (obsolete)
Geforce FX 5900 Ultra 256MB
SB LIVE! Value with SB 16 emulation (no EAX)
77 GB total hard drive
Old monitor (would upgrade except it'd cost too much money for little gain)
Toshiba 4.8x32 CD/DVD-ROM drive
That's all I can think of. I won't say I want to spend as little as possible, just that I want to get the most bang for my buck. It won't do me any good if I have to pay $500 just to get a game like Far Cry or Doom III on the processor alone.
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