I'm looking to upgrade my PC to make it a more competent gaming PC for the games that shall be coming out in the near future. Specifically, I want to be able to play the upcoming game Spore
. I know no system req's have been posted for it, but I assume there are enough tech heads on MeFi to give me some good recommendations. I built my current PC many years ago, with the only upgrade I've done being switching out a busted video card. I don't really need to worry about disk space memory.
My system is this atm:
Windows XP Professional 5.1
AWRDACPI Motherboard (Nvidia)
AMD Athlon XP 2700, ~2.2 Ghz
512 RAM, 2X256mb sticks (I know...)
Nvidia GeFore 7800 GS (256mb AGP)
I've heard different things about Dual Core processor Mobos, different things about RAM (DDR, RDRAM, DIMMs and RIMMs, or some other things like), and expensive video cards.
Time for my bullets points of the post!
1) I'm looking for peoples experiences, preferences, and predictions.
2) I don't mind spending some money on a machine that I know will be competent for some time. I don't need crazy balls-to-the-wall high end performance on everything if it's gonna cost me a shit tonne of money.
3) Potential sources to look at for parts aside from the obvious (Pricewatch, Ebay, Craigslist, Newegg.com)