I currently only do moderate gaming on my PC that doesn't really tax my system (WoW, Titan Quest, Civ IV). My windows index lists my CPU as being the weakest link with a score of 5.2. I would like to do a series of upgrades to keep this build going before I have to do a complete rebuild. I assume the CPU based on my window index scores should be the first part to be upgraded, but I am unsure of what to upgrade to. If I can, I'd like to keep the price under $130ish.
Looking around the various forums, the Phenom II 720 BE seems to be a popular choice for many people who are on a budget. How critical is it to have a CPU with a L3 cache on some of the newer game releases. I would like try out Dragon Age with out having my system chug through parts of it. If I go the budget route again, are the newer Athlon X3 and X4s worth wild? Which core version would work out best from a gaming perspective. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Now, in your games, you are not happy with the framerates/settings? upgrading your cpu will increase performance slightly better but also leave room for a more powerful video card to run at maximum efficiency when you do get it.
$99 Athlon IIx4 620 or if you want pay a little more
Phenom IIx3 720 BE.