Yup, it's about time for me to upgrade again and once again I am more or less out of the loop on what to get. I will explain my current situation and specs:
I am currently running an AMD 64 Athalon X2 with a 2.9GHZ Brisbane processor
2GB Mushkin DDR2 Ram
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Mobo with built in Radeon HD3200 graphics
Windows XP Pro OS
The reason for the upgrade isn't anything specific (I just think it is a good idea to upgrade every 2-3 years so you don't fall behind) although my case is a cheap piece of junk that is falling apart and I probably should at least switch the innards to something more sturdy.
So first of all can someone recommend to me a solid built case that won't fall apart in shipping and still has a display window. I do have a 430 Watt Antec Power Supply that I plan on transferring so I am okay if the case doesn't have a power supply.
My uses for the PC are as follows:
Browsing the I-net
Playing high-def streaming files
Playing regular video files (ie Netflix/Hulu)
Playing older PC games (I don't need the latest and greatest ones)
So anyways, my question is, should I upgrade to one of the latest X4 AMD processors and Mobo configurations and should I upgrade my OS to Windows 7 or should I just order a new case and transfer my current stuff in with maybe a RAM upgrade? The current setup works fine for pretty much everything that I like to do, but I don't want to end up like my Dad and get too far behind the times and then I am stuck with not being able to transfer files and having a machine that struggles to keep up.
I am still running an IDE HD and DVD Burner since I have had rotten luck with configuring SATA devices properly.
If I should upgrade I would like some recommendations from products from www.newegg.com
Thanks for the help.