I've decided to upgrade my CPU and MOBO and I'm wondering what type of performance increase I might see.
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
1 gig (512 PC 3200, 512 PC 2700)
Geforce 6800 @ 16x1,5vp
I am going to buy
Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego
ASRock Dual SATA2 939
I plan on OCing the CPU to around 2.6 or 2.7
Also, my RAM is not DUAL channel and I am going to be buying 2x512 PC 3200 very soon. Will I see much of a performance increase with just the new CPU or will I see a larger one if I get better ram in dual channel?
Tough question. Without the OC, on very cpu intensive games, like fartcry, you would get ~50% more frames, but on gfx limited, or capped games, almost nothing.
I should say though, that the A64s feel a lot faster.
Ram is fairly cheap right now, prices may go up. Still, being the cheap sob that I am, I would manually set the ram to DDR333, using the timings that your slower ram has in spd, and see if it works in dual channel. If so, save up for some good Gskill TCCD ram, for OCing, or maybe some OCZ.
based on your system, stame as what said above... BUT,
that ram has to be replaced. it's non matching pair, you're taking a small performance hit by not running a dual channel setup. get yourself a 1 gig dual channel kit, you'll be impressed. Especially with the 3700+ which has the on-die Memory controller. the video card is pretty good and should keep ya up to date on just about everything. upgrading it would be a waste of money unless you go t a 7800
Yeah I was planning on buying a dual channel kit in a few days. This brings me to another question. Should I run the dual channel kit I'm going to buy and also run the memory I am using now? I would have 2 gigs total but only 1 gig in dual channel. Would that be a good thing or should I just run the 1 gig dual channel and wait and get another 1 gig of dual channel in the future....