I'm planning to upgrade my computer in this month since I have to do the reflection contest and I need better rendering speed. Here is the list I came up with;
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 3.66 GHz 1066Mhz 2+6GB L2 Cache
(I will upgrade the CPU if I have any chance, cuz it's too expensive and the one I have right now is just Q6600 which is just 1 level worse than this one, so not that necessary.)
RAM: 2 of the 2 times 2 GB Memory (lol that's messed up, basicily it's 8 GB)
2 of this : DDR2 4 GB (2 x 2) Memory
System: Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
(The only one that doesn't cost any money. You can upgrade from 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Vista for free)
Video Card: nVidia GeForce 9800 GT
(or nVidia GeForce 9800 GTX or GTX+ if they were on sale when I went to Fry's)
That's it! Actually I started this whole thing just today, I bought something that's not in this list: Logitech G15 Keyboard. Famous by it's back illumating and good handy key designs. More info at : http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3498&cl=us,en
The sum of these stuff are ruffly $500, not as expensive as buying a brand new pc.
P.S My architectural pack are coming up next! Sorry I only had time to do 8 out of 10 cuz num 9 and 10 requires enormous amont of time to accomplish.