I think you'll see more performance if you update that graphics card. Now granit it wont run to it's full potential with that 3000 in there but I think you will see a bigger improvement in the game with a new card as you would with a new processor.
Hi there, I agree with Cottonball the 1950pro would be a much better use of your money. But also consider how little you can get an oem socket 939 chip can cost, you might find wou could get both, an AMD 3700+ would be a big jump up not just for the clockspeed but more importantly for the increase in cache.
Best of luck
That doesn't change the fact that you claim a CPU upgrade will give no performance upgrade at all. SC doesn't have the most amazing graphics I have ever seen, but the number of units that can end up in a game is huge. With that many units you get a lot of AI being processed, and the CPU will be a lot more vital. For a lot of people they cant play a long game with a single core cpu because as more and mroe things are built the game becomes more and more unplayable. I can't agree with you, I think the 3000 would hold him back more. My brother has a laptop with a mobility 1600 in it and a core duo 2.17 cpu, and he can play it perfectly fine.
C & C 3 Tiberium wars runs at Medium-high Very smoothly. The object details is HIGH, I think only those water effect and terrain is medium. The graphic is very pretty too.
I am guessing the Supreme commander use CPU more and doesn't require a very good graphic card. Just like Final Fantasy XI online, which mostly depend on CPU only, EXTREME good graphic card only improve a little bit of frame rate.
I guess I will go for Graphic cards since most of the games make use of graphic card instead of CPU. I think you guys agree on that too, except Final Fantasy XI and supreme commander which require CPU more and depend less on graphic card.