ibskiing

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I built my current system in 2004 and I think I've made all the upgrades to it I can without changing out the Motherboard. Now I'm to the point where I think its time for a new motherboard, cpu, memory and video card. M y computer runs fine for everyday use, but not so good on the newer games (Flight Sim X, running real slow). Here is my system as it stands today;

Antec Plos 1080 Mid-tower Case 430 watt Power supply
ASUS P4S800D-E DELUXE 478 SiS 655TX
Intel Pentium 4 3.0C Northwood 3.0GHz Socket 478
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
DIAMOND Viper X1950 PRO 512 AGP Radeon 256-bit GDDR3 AGP 8X
HighPoint RocketRAID1720 PCI SATA II Controller Card
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3400620AS 400GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb
SAMSUNG 204B-SV Silver-Black 20" 5ms LCD
Window XP Professional

I was told if I'm working under a budge to focus more on the Video side and less on the CPU. So here is what I'm lookng at getting, let me know what you think:

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GL Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 $161.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V Power Supply $99.99
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz Socket AM3
Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800 (PC3 14400)
Combo deal for MB, memory, cpu $384.98;
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler $19.99 Total price $666.95

Also, what does everyone think about sticking with Windows XP vs. upgrading to Vista? Also, let me know if you have some different suggestions or other upgrades.

 

ibskiing

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Yes mostly budget. I was originally thinking about the i7 or Core quads, but several review sites ranked the new Phenom II's pretty close to the Intels and they are much cheaper.