Re: New to graphic cards, have a question about upgrading to 260.
Looking at your specs, you'll need a total upgrade....cpu, ram, and power supply if you plan to go with the GTX260 vid card. You'll need 2gig ram min, although 4 gig is best for Vista. I'd also recommend a 600W min power supply to handle an upgraded cpu and that GTX260 vid card. Not sure about your mobo though. I'm assuming it''s a PCI-E, or is it AGP? Obviously you'll need to get away from AGP for the best gaming performance. Check the specs to see what it will support as far as cpu. If you decide to keep the mobo, then go w/ 5600+ dual core cpu or faster if the board will handle it. I have that cpu in my sys and it's plenty fast enough for most gaming. Watch your cpu wattage if you keep the mobo...again check to specs.
Just a few tips....also shop around....prices are falling like crazy due to economic conditions. Yea!!
Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 motherboard
AMD Phenom ll X4 965 BE OC'd @ 3.6GHz
Vendetta cooler 120mm fan
16GB G. Skill Ripsaw DDR3 1600MHz memory
Powercolor 5870 OC'd to 949/1255
(OC'd only when gaming of course)
11.8 Cat drivers
650W power supply
Seagate 1TB 7200RPM SATA HD
Sony dual layer 16X DVD/CD Writer
LG 8X Blu-ray Writer
HP w2408h 24" monitor running @ 1920x1200 native rez
Win 7 Ultimate 64bit