I wasn't sure whether to post this here or the motherboard forum, but I just decided here would be the best for the more specific questions.
I do gaming sometimes on my PC, and when I do, I sometimes have trouble with stuttering (dropped frames/lag time). Recently I upgraded my video card from an AIW 9600PRO to an AIW 9800PRO. I haven't seen much difference in performance though. Recently, I've been playing Rome:Total War with my new card and I don't see much of an improvement over my old card although I did jack up the video settings from medium to high. I put it in 16bit color mode though instead of 32bit because I noticed still a lot of stuttering. It didn't seem to help as much as I would have liked it to. Also, I'd like to be able to play other games at a decent res. without having lagging issues.
Anyway, I have 1gig DDR333 RAM (one slot left), P4 2.6HT 8k primary cache/512k secondary cache (I didn't want the HT, it just came with the computer I picked out a long time ago), and two hard drives. One is a Maxtor 7200RPM 8MB cache 160G (master), and the other a Maxtor 7200RPM 16MB cache 300G (slave). My optical drive I use for gaming is a generic brand (don't remember the name) that runs at 48x cd and I believe 8x dvd. I have a seperate drive for recording that is slower and I don't use this one for gaming. My sound card is an Audigy LS. My motherboard is an ASUSTek P4SD-LA with a bus clock speed of 200mhz. I didn't chose this motherboard, it just came with my computer. I've practically upgraded everything else that came stock with this computer over the last two years, except my motherboard/processor.
So my question is do I need to upgrade it? Will this improve performance for gaming? If you recommend upgrading it, I would like to spend no more than 200 dollars. Also, since I just bought my new agp video card, I'm obviously not going to want to get a pci-express motherboard, although I would have liked to if I had enough to upgrade that and my video card to it. I don't know much of anything about buying a new motherboard. I know it has to work with my type of RAM and processor, but I don't know the specifics. If you recommend something to me, please explain why you're recommending it to me since I don't know what I'm looking for. Thanks in advance guys.