Hey all, I'm looking to upgrade my old P4 system and I know it's extremely dated. Why not simply buy all new? Because this system actually still runs -really- well. I've had great luck with it and I wanted a cost-effective way of keeping as much of this computer as possible, while stretching its life a bit more. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about what would be the most cost-effective route to take. I'm doing my own research, but I thought I would try to tap into some experienced builders, here, since experience is far better than simply "knowing of a product". My options so far have been: Option 1: Getting new ram and vid card. The advantage is that I don't have to buy a new mobo, cpu, etc. The downer is that I will still have a really dated system. Option 2: Get new mobo, ram, vid card, and cpu. The advantage is that I can buy newer, relatively cheap parts, but still won't have to overhaul the whole system. Option 3: New computer. Expensive, but it may be more cost effective, even in the short term, what with the way parts are dropping lately. Now, I don't expect a gaming rig that can compete with top-of-the-line. I'm just sick of buying games that either barely run or outright refuse to start up. I've no prior knowledge of AMD processors or ATI vid cards, so if those are far better for cost/performance, the suggestion wouldn't be wasted. I've just never used either brand, no prejudice here. My specs: Gateway 700XL or 700X, can't remember. (Yes, I know, store-bought, proprietary B.S. included, it's still a stable system.) Pentum 4 2.4ghz Intel 850 mobo 512mb (2x256mb) pc800 40ns ram (not sure if it's non ecc, not marked) Geforce 4 Ti4600 128mb 400W power supply 80gb hdd (hdd speed and fsb unknown, but I think the fsb is 400mhz or 533mhz) That's pretty much the important parts list. Everything else is secondary, as far as I know(dvd, cd rw, floppy, speakers, monitor, network card, etc.) Thanks for any and all suggestions!