ya well my computer hasn't been updated since 2002. it's still decent though. P4 3Ghz. 2GB ram. i got vista and it runs great with ultimate. however, audio in games suck now. the sound is sluggish and it is scratchy sometimes. it slows down the game. so i thought to myself, well i'm using the built in sound on the mobo so I put in a dedicated sound card that i had in an old computer. nothing special. made by mad dog that I got a couple years ago. I installed that and it was a little better but still choppy. i'm sure half of it is driver related since the driver for it is old (like 2005) and there is is not an update. so I think I should upgrade my sound card to a fully vista compatible one. I'm sure that will help a lot, don't you think? what would you recommend? I use headphones to play games and I listen to music on another computer so I don't need anything super high end. The cheaper the better. Also, my computer has a Geforce FX5500 w/128MB vram. i might upgrade that too while I"m at it. My computer just has AGP so what is a good upgrade for it? I'd prefer not to have to spend more than $100 on the video card. Thanks guys!