Hey guys.. I'm thinking about upgrading my computer with a new CPU. This build is about 2 years old and I'm running an Intel e2160 with a mild OC to 2.4ghz. I'm thinking about moving up to a Q9550 which would allow me to keep a majority of my current components.
For the most part, I just play online FPS games like L4D2 & CoD4.. and I don't do a whole lot of video editing or anything along those lines.. My computer seems to handle these games pretty well so far, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to consider an upgrade to increase the performance and decrease loading times.
Another thing I had considered would be to buy a completely new computer, but that would probably end up costing me well near $2000 to buy all the components I'd want.. i7 920, hd5870, 24"+ monitor and etc.. lol
wouldnt bother buying new... upgrade to a 9550 quad core, you wont regret it and it will run games for a long while yet. Ive upgraded mine to a i7 920 and to be honest the performance increase was smaller than going from a q6600 to a 9550.
later on replace the video card for something quicker like a 5850 ati..
if your running vista, ditch it and go for windows 7 that will speed it up a bit too.
if youve got a 24 inch monitor then 19--x1080 would need a decent card
xp can only access 3gb anyway, but if your going with 7 youll get a sign up saying 4 gig even if you can only access 3.5 of it. its a limit of 32bit os
the 9550 will fly for a while yet as its a good chip. for a little more a 9650 is available - check that out too. gpu go for a ati 5850 - psu might need a boost too. but cheaper than spending 2k - save up and go for a new when the 3d stuff is sorted out.