I have a Dell C521 and am looking to play the lord of the rings online.
It runs absolutley horrible right now (Graphics set as low as they possibly can go and still running a max of 30FPS but in zones where ANY loading is involved its a pretty steady 2FPS)
I suspect it is because of the limited RAM and Sempron 3400 processor im running
If i upgrade the Ram to at least 2 Gig and an Athalon X2 5600 processor will this make the game playable or do i need a new video card ?
I have the exact same Dell c521, the onboard graphics is actually a 6150LE which is even worse than the 6500LE. Your computer supports socket AM2 CPUs guartanteed up to the Athlon 5600+ X2. However some people have successfully upgraded their Dell's to a "Birsbane" version of the 6000+ Athlon X2 CPU. You want to make sure you haver the latest 1.1.11 BIOS, the older may not recognize the CPU. One thing to note is that when I installed my Athlon 5200+, it showed up .1-.2GHz different probably because of the BIOS.
Your standard Dell PSU has 280W and 16A on the 12V rail. I'm currently running a 8400GS which is not a gaming card unfortunately. BUt some people have also successfully ran a low profile 9600GT in this system. The card might get a bit toasty in their though, the C521 airflow isn't very good.
You can upgrade the RAM to PC-6400 800Mhz which is the maximum type of RAM thats supported, you can also run them in dual channel. I currently use the Crucial Rendition 1GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM which is really cheap for the performance. I'm planning to run them in dual channel once I get the other one