I took Oblivion off the shelf today, and tried it out. Yesterday, I used the free demo of FaceGen
to model my face (it does automatically from photographs!). Oblivion uses the same variables, but doesn't tell you their numerical value, so I copied the slider positions as best I could. And now I have a kvance videogame character.
Then I started playing the game, and the first time someone cast a spell, the framerate dropped to 2. The sad fact is that I can no longer play games at the resolution and level of detail I want. My 9800 pro has treated me well these last two and a half years, but it can't hack it anymore. Unfortunately, neither can my AGP bus or my 333MHz FSB. And if I'm going to upgrade the motherboard, I have to get one that can use a 64 bit CPU, so I have an upgrade path. Which means also buying a new CPU.
What can I salvage? My RAID-0 of 2x 120G Seagate ATA disks will still work since it runs on a PCI controller card. My ATA DVD drive will work if the motherboard has any ATA ports. And I guess my PC2700 memory would work, but it would not be optimal. My OEM original SBLive would fit in there, but ugh. Fortunately, I happen to have a spare, over-engineered 470W PC Power & Cooling supply lying around somewhere. From when I had a steady income :P
So at the very least, I need:
- A new motherboard (EPoX EP-9NPA+ SLI?): ~$130
- A new CPU (AMD 64 3700+?): ~$210
- And a new GPU (NV 7800 GT?): ~$300
That would give me the ability to upgrade to a dual-core CPU should I need it, an SLI graphics configuration should I need it, more faster memory ASAP, and an SATA RAID-0 and better sound soon. It would also be nice to have a new case, but I guess I'm not going to any LAN parties, so who cares how it looks?
P.S. Add to that list the Customizer 104 keyboard. The same buckling spring technology of my treasured Model M, but with a USB interface. (The black color is a problem, but they have acids that can burn that off.)