I find myself on the receiving end of a "new" computer from work and thought I'd ask the tech savy folk here at GWJ for their opinions on upgrades etc. My current home PC is barely acceptable as a computer and is really only viable for emailing/internet and games from 2004 and earlier (Yes, I'm still playing Sim City 4 & X-Com). While I'm not shooting for high end performance I'd like to be able to use this new machine to get back into PC gaming and play all the games I've purchased on Steam and haven't been able to run :(. While not a professional, I feel I'm tech savy enough that I'll be making any upgrades myself.
In the next week or so I should be getting a old Dell XPS 600:
3.2 GHz Pentium D
2 GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce 7800GTX (x2)
DVD R/W drive
CD R/W drive
230 GB HD
Should I be making any upgrades to this? The one that jumps out at me would be upgrading to Win 7 and upgrading to the 8 GB max ram supported as mentioned in the manual.
I had been planning on actually building a PC from scratch, but I think I'll take this opportunity to save money while still upgrading. Questions/Thoughts?