memory or video card or both?
I have 512M ram on a 3ghz HP. It has no video card (except the integrated graphics). It only has standard PCI slots (not -E). XP should will handle 4Gb ram in four slots (paired DIMM 240 pin, standard HP stuff).
So I want to play a few games that really don't cut it on the video end, but otherwise it is fine for what I do. So I'm wondering which will give me the best performance for the money:
upgrade to 2.5GB ram and add middle of the road PCI video card ($100)
upgrade to 4GB ram and be done (~$100)
A few bucks either way is no big deal.
BTW what I am having trouble with is Medieval II in battle mode. Rome was not as demanding and did okay, especially in arcade battles, but it had limits as well.