My box is in need of an upgrade, (built it on a budget in Fall 2004 for about $400). Here are my current specs, (not including case and PSU which I'll try to reuse).
CPU: AMD Athlon 2800 (754)
MOBO: Chaintech VNF-250
RAM: 1.5GB DDR1 3200 (Corsair)
Video: ATI 9200 SE
I don't really do much high end gaming. But I do play some newer games (NWN2, CivIV, and some older games etc) So I want to be able to play these games and do the standard music, movies, burning, and internet. I'm a grad student, so my funds are limited. (~$200- I know its not much) But what I'm looking to do is just get me through the next 2-3 years. My current build has done that, I'm just looking for the next one to as well.
I'm debating whether or not to just go to 939 until after grad school or spend a few more bucks, on a slightly slower AM2-X2 chip and set myself up for an easier upgrade next time. (since AM2 will be supported for a while longer)
AMD 4000 San Diego
Biostar GeForce 6100
This way I'd be able to reuse my current DDR1 RAM...
AMD X2 3600 Brisbane
This chip comes as a combo with two potential boards.
ECS 6100 S
I'll also need a heatsink and fan but Rosewill makes a nice one for ~$25
Any other board recommendations that might fit my budget are appreciated. And I'd need to get 2GB of DDR2 RAM probably this Kingston:
Essentially, is the jump to AM2 at this point worth the extra $80? Of course now that I look at it I'm thinking this is a dumb question. But I'd like to hear some opinions.
My other thought was to pick up the Turion MT37 for $59 and couple it with a new AGP video card... FX5500 for about the same price