EDIT: so..........sorry if this got a bit long, but you can skim it pretty fast and get the gist. i can definitely use a little help, and headfi is where i always go for balanced opinioins on almost any subject, except maybe women ;)
so the specs are:
asrock dual-sata2 socket 939 mobo
a64 x2 dual core cpu like 2.6ghz
2gb basic DDR ram
basic seagate 7200rpm ide HDD 250gb
9600gt PNY gpu
500w ultra psu (yes it's low end, but this system is old and not worth much, and i figure that next time i put a lot of money into pc gaming will be a few years when i build a totally new machine and turn this into a server or something
i've got decent cooling, just need to clean out the dust; it's been sitting unused a long time. I figure, even with how long i've had it, it's still a very capable gaming machine for today's games. correct me if i'm wrong, but i think i should be playing most new games on medium to med-high settings?
i've heard conflicting reports, but i've been told if i upgrade the gpu, i could get a lot more out of it?????
as far as upgrades, i'll either do nothing, or i'm willing to do something if it has a lot of bang for the buck
it's not an issue of "not enough money", it's an issue of "i don't buy anything unless i'm getting a great deal and tons of bang for my buck"
1. XP or win7?????
2. worth upgrading anything? i figure i'll try to overclock the cpu some as the guy i bought it from got it to 3ghz (on water though, so with my air setup i won't get near that). i'm not willing to do any drastic water setups, or put a bunch of money into it. i just want to squeeze everything i can from what has been a wonderfully capable system for a long time. do i have to overclock ram or anything? it's just basic kingston pc3200 stuff, i doubt it'll do much. i know NOTHING about overclocking, but i would love some basic advice: i'm really not intersted in spending days on end trying to get every GHZ out of the thing, i just figured considering the board can OC ok, and the cpu can, i might as well pump it up a little, eh????
.........and btw, i say a "gaming" machine because THAT is what will tax the capabilities of the thing. i'll be using it for everything else as well, including connecting it to my projector, and doing office stuff, and etc. etc. i'll have it connected to a 22" lcd on my desk, and my 120" projection screen on my wall