I'm building a new PC with a Core i7, but want to beef up the speed of my current work PC. Right now it has:
64 x2 3200+
ATI X800 GT
OCZ 2 x 512MB PC 3200 Dual CH Premier Series
and some 24bit sound blaster card
Old stuff I know. But I figure, all I'm gonna do is work on the machine...Office, surf the net, view some large, LARGE pdf files....I look at construction landscape plans and bid on the landscaping...so sometimes I'll have as many as fifteen 20MB pdf files opened with a pdf markup and takeoff program, while having office running, outlook running, excel running, firefox running too. Needless to say, I can bring my pc to a crawl.
SO, will this new cpu and maybe 2 new 1GB sticks of ram help out? Should I maybe even buy a newer video card?
If you are considering obsidian's upgrade option, I recommend considering a combo deal that is $10 cheaper and provides a better 785 based board. It also has a faster on-board graphics chip. You might also try it before investing in a faster graphics card - or at least compare it with your existing one. Also - try to borrow a faster graphics card and test it with your work and all those PDF files open to see if investing in a graphics card will have any real return for 2D only work.
I agree with rockyjohn.If you look closely right now newegg has most of their Athlon II's and Phenom II's in a combo deal with a gigabyte 785g (uses DDR2 memory) board with $20 off.
Just dirt cheap and powerful combos.
Here is one such combo deal for CPU and Motherboard under $120.
I'll start with the Athlon II series and the gigabyte 785g board.
Oop's Edit rockyjohn listed this first one combo deal.
The Phenom II's and gigabyte 785g motherboard combos.Note I have heard that with these motherboards you can sometimes unlock the extra 2 cores on the Phenom II's giving you a quad CPU if the unlocked cores are not defective.If you don't do this these CPU's are still very powerful and more potent than the Athlon II series.
The last one is a little more costly but well worth it.With 4 gigabytes of DDR 2 memory it will be slightly over $200 however with just 2 gigabytes of DDR 2 RAM it will be under $200 for this CPU+ Motherboard+ RAM.
I've got an old s939 board with a 3200+ on it that will likely go to some recycler; it isn't worth putting it in a system. To echo what everyone else has been saying, it makes a lot more sense in this case to rebuild with modern parts.