My video card recently gave up the ghost, so I'm looking around for a new one, plus any other upgrade that might be needed. I'd like some advice as to high bang-for-the-buck upgrades for my 2 year old machine.
Gaming: I want to be able to play Oblivion, Company of Heroes, M:TW2 and FEAR at 1280x1024 with decent eye candy
Vista and DX10: It's not "here" yet, but it's coming. Don't want to have to upgrade again when a game comes out that just demands DX10
Value: I don't mind spending if the investment is good, but I'm not planning on buying and entirely new machine just yet. "Sweet spot" is the word.
Here are my specs:
DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D Socket 939
Athlon XP 3200+ clocked at 2.01 GHz with a Zalman copper HSF.
2 GB G.SKILL DDR400
(this is the card that died) Rosewill ATI Radeon X800XL 256Mb
OCX ModStream 450W PSU
With a limited budget, what would you buy to update this setup?