I've taked briefly with Fozzik and thought I'd post here to see what other's thoughts are. I will be upgrading my current rig instead of indulging in a new one for various reasons.
I have a Dell 8400 - P4 3.0, 2g DDR2 4200, ATI X800 XL, 80gig Western Digital SATA 150 HD - not top of the line but yet a pretty good rig as is. However my hard drive is full! and I mean completely, causing slow performance on everything.
I will be upgrading my HD but wonder if the new SATA 3.0 will work with my current mainboard since it supports the SATA 150. I had read that it will just default to the 150 speed, which is fine. The reason I am looking at the 3.0 is I can't find a 250gig in the SATA 150 on Newegg and I can't see spending the extra on a 400gig.
I also plan on upgrading my graphics card. I'm looking at the X1800 or X1900, although to do this would mean switching out my current power supply which is only a 350w to a 500w.
By switching my graphics card I can pass it down to my son to replace his pitiful X300 he is currently using.
Any suggestion os comments are welcome, will likely be ordering these pieces late this weekend after I get back from Chicago on Sat. Getting ready to order a new monitor now, my son accidently broke my 19" Dell Flat Panel, and this CRT is driving me nuts to look at