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Should I upgrade?

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Oct 1, 2002
I'm thinking of upgrading my PC but I'm not really good in all this hardware stuff...Here's my PC:

Aopen HT45 case http://www.aopen.com/products/housing/ht45.htm
Aopen AX34 II with Via Apollo Pro 133A http://www.aopen.com/products/mb/ax34ii.htm
Intel P3 1GHz 256K http://www.intel.com/design/PentiumIII/prodbref/index.htm
Aopen Geforce3 Ti200 128MB http://www.aopen.com/products/vga/gf3ti200-dv128.htm
some SDRAM PC133 320MB RAM :S
Soundblaster Live http://www.soundblaster.com/products/sblive/specs.asp
an ethernet card...?
Maxtor 20GB ATA100 7200 (forgot model)
LG CED-8080B http://www.lge.com/c_product/catalo...mdl_cod=CED-8080B&mdl_mak=1&navigation=1,20,2

I'm getting around 5500 3Dmarks 2001 with this setup...

I'm thinking about getting a 1.6GHz 512K p4 Northwood wich I intend to clock at 2.0GHz+ and a new motherboard to go with it...
Is it worth it? what kind of board and memory should I get? do I need a new case/power supply? extra fan?
Also, keep in mind that I would like to pay around 300$CAN (around 200$ US)

Please help me! I want to play UT2003 full speed! :)
Also...is my 3Dmark score normal?

I'd keep the case and change the power supply for an Antec, Enermax, or something simmilar, unless you have the P4 power supply from Aopen (they're pretty decent). A lot of mother boards are comming with ethernet cards onboard lately. I'd just change the mother board CPU, and ram and see how well your system runs. The GF3-ti 200 is still a pretty decent card.

PS: Where in Canada do you live?

...and Welcome to the forums!