Okay here is the deal. Me and my fiance love playing MMOs together. We have recently switched to Aion which is a bit more demanding on our PCs than our old MMO. So we are having some performance issues in the higher populated areas.
About a year and a half ago i built us new PCs with these specs.
I'd like to do a small upgrade to each of these PCs with a low budget of around 200-300 bucks. I figure she cant get too angry at me for that.
I was thinking i could buy a new Mobo for her with 2 PCI 16x slots and 4 slots for memory, and take the memory from my board and put it in hers, giving her 4 gig. I could also throw my other graphics card in hers in SLI. Would she see a significant increase in performance from the SLI? Then I could pick up a new graphics card(preferably an ATI one) and 2 x 2 gig set of ram for myself.
Is this practical at all?
Or i could just get us both new graphics cards and 2 x 2gig sets of RAM and forget getting her a new Mobo.
Im just trying to milk maybe 1 more year out of these PCs then ill be building us brand new ones. She just doesn't want me spending a bunch of dough because she claims we have more important things to spend money on(like the wedding, go figure).
I'm very open to suggestions. I've been racking my brain trying to think of the best solution to my dilemma.
I'm sorry i wasnt clear, I basicly would like to get us both to 4gig of ram and upgrade our graphics cards slightly. I think the main problem we are having is those 8600s we have are only 256mb of ram.
We are both running windows 7.
The main reason i was thinking we needed 4 gig of ram is i notice when im running aion my task manager shows my memory at pretty much maximum.