Well basically I purchased a Pavilion t480.uk about 8 years ago, and decided recently to get a bit of an upgrade. I got myself a ATI Saphire 3850 AGP as it was one of the best and last AGP's of its time, along with a new power supply to support it.
But my current issue is when I first purchased the pc it had an ATI Radeon 9600 which played games quite well, but in this case we will say it play World of Warcraft quite well just for example. It ran in medium settings with no problems maybe a slight loss of fps but nothing major.
Now when I play World of warcraft I have to run it at low settings and the load lag I get ingame is insane! A friend of mine said its because my CPU is to slow for the GPU and that I should use ingame commands to limit the frames to 40 which helped a lot... But that aside I dont see the point in a better GFX card that isn't actually doing any better than an old 9600...
Now im not certain thats my issue as im not exactly very good at PC hardware but if that is what's happening then my main issue is what kind of motherboard and chip would I need to improve it...
I have had a look about but without a clue on what to look for? So ill list my current spec's of my rig to see what you guys would suggest would help as I cant afford a new machine I would just want to add a few more years to it.
OS: Windows XP
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3200+, MMX, 3DNow 2.0GHz
PSU: Corshair 550watt
And I had to search the HP site for my motherboard as I didnt know how to find out what it was any other way.