After getting back from the East Coast, I made a short hop to Indy->Chicago->Indy yesterday and now I'm sitting in limbo.
I'm getting the gaming spirit. I'm not a big gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but i do like my FPS games. I got hooked on the old classics like Doom and the original Castle Wolfenstein. In gearing up for the release of the new Medal of Honor: Rising Sun game, I re-installed Medal Of Honor: Allied Assault and have been playing it for the past couple of days. From there, I guess I'll probably get around to playing Ghost Recon which has been sitting in my truck for ages.
All of this, of course, is going to prompt me to do a computer upgrade sometime in the New Year. My machine totally suits my purposes save the advances made in gaming technology over the past few years. The three titles I'm most intersted in playing (Splinter Cell, the new Max Payne, and the new Medal of Honor) won't run on my machine. My processor's not hot enough and my video card is a dinosaur.
I need to get a video card at a minimum in the 128mb range I suppose, but I'm thinking that doing a little scrimping, saving, and splurging on one of those 256mb buggers might give me some chance of having adequate video hardware for the next several years. While my 16mb Voodoo3 has served me valiantly, she just can't keep up any more. After the video card is acquired, then I will give some consideration to a motherboard and processor. I need to get myself over the 1ghz hump, preferably, within striking distance of the 2ghz mark.. On memory, I'm adequate at 512MB and my disk space is paltry (18gigs) but I can survive on it for now.
I solicit the advice of those geekier than I (I know that's hard to fathom) on video cards. Radeon or GeForce? Mind you, their "top end" cards are a bit out of my league. I can't justify dropping $400+ on a video card. I'm looking at the Radeon 9600 Pro ($117), the Radeon 9200 ($94), the GeForce FX 5600 ($107), and the GeForce FX 5200 ($77). All of these cards would be AGP and with 256mb memory on board. Keep in mind I'm not some hardcore gamer who is building some sort of monster gaming rig. I more interested in bang for my buck, compatability, and dependability.