Advice for Gaming Upgrade

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X_Gamer7

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Well, I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer. With all the new games coming out, I'm trying desperately to keep up with them. Unfortunately, if I want all the eye candy turned up, I usually need to set my resolution to 800x600. I can run 1024x768 with medium graphics. Anyway, I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade(s) would be for my budget of around $100. Actually, why don't we say the best for $100 and the best for $200 (not sure if I'm willing to kick out 200 right now though :p). Here is my current setup:
Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case
40GB 5400RPM HDD
160GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake PurePower 420W PSU
HP 9100 CDR/RW Drive
Floppy Drive
Asus A7N8X Mobo
2x 256MB Dual Channel RAM @200MHz (2-3-3-7)
Sound Blaster Audigy 5.1 Gamer
AMD Athlon 2600+ @ 3200+ (Same as regular Athlon 3200+, less heat, cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile)
10/100 Ethernet / LAN Card
Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w/ 2 fans attached
ATI Radeon 9500 w/ L shaped memory

Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items. They have a couple 9800 pros for around $75-$90 that would be in my price range. Anyway, let me know what you guys think! All opinions are appreciated!
thanks
 
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X_Gamer7 said:
Well, I have finally decided that it is time to upgrade my computer. With all the new games coming out, I'm trying desperately to keep up with them. Unfortunately, if I want all the eye candy turned up, I usually need to set my resolution to 800x600. I can run 1024x768 with medium graphics. Anyway, I need to know your opinions on what the best upgrade(s) would be for my budget of around $100. Actually, why don't we say the best for $100 and the best for $200 (not sure if I'm willing to kick out 200 right now though :p). Here is my current setup:
Aluminum Chieftec Dragon Case
40GB 5400RPM HDD
160GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake PurePower 420W PSU
HP 9100 CDR/RW Drive
Floppy Drive
Asus A7N8X Mobo
2x 256MB Dual Channel RAM @200MHz (2-3-3-7)
Sound Blaster Audigy 5.1 Gamer
AMD Athlon 2600+ @ 3200+ (Same as regular Athlon 3200+, less heat, cpu multiplier unlocked because Mobile)
10/100 Ethernet / LAN Card
Aerocool Deep Impact Heatsink w/ 2 fans attached
ATI Radeon 9500 w/ L shaped memory

Newegg has some awesome deals on some refurbished items. They have a couple 9800 pros for around $75-$90 that would be in my price range. Anyway, let me know what you guys think! All opinions are appreciated!
thanks
yeah, 9800pro 256mb if you can find one in your price, which you may be able to. The other card thats a little better is the 6600GT, that would probably be $150 to $230 range new.
 
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