My Dad wants to play some newer games (Age of Empires III right now) but his current computer isn't up to par. I'm getting him a new one but (after weighing cost/benefits) I can't decide which way to go--better processor (AMD 4000+ vs AMD X2 4600+) or better video card (7600GT vs x1950xt or whatever you guys recommend). Money is a priority so I can't get him both, but he wants his computer to be relevant for a couple of years. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
My 2 cents, definetly go with the video card upgrade if he is looking for a boost to play games. Though it's not a Core Duo, that 4000+ is no slouch by a long shot for gaming.
How much memory? If he has less than a gig, a memory upgrade would the be next best investment after the video card to keep him going for good while.
PS, make sure his power supply is up to par for the new card.
You essentially want a CPU that won't bottleneck the video card you choose. The 4000 won't be a problem with the XT though. You would have to dip into the Pentium 4s before you got close to a serious bottleneck.