Another thread I posted in and read got me to thinking about something. I've been thinking of doing some upgrading around Christmas time. Right now I've got the following...
AMD Athlon x2 5200+ Windsor core @ 2.6 ghz stock speed
Gigabyte m57sli-s4 motherboard(socket AM2)
2 gb ddr2
650 Watt Ultra LSP power supply with 38 amps on the 12v+ rail
320 gb hard drive
So even though the board is old it can run some of the AM3 chips with a bios update which I've already done.
So I've been thinking about maybe a 720 black edition and 2 gb ddr2 memory, but the other thread got me to thinking that maybe I would be better off going with an ATI 5750 and 2 gb ddr2 instead of getting the 720.
The resolution I'm running is 1680x1050, most of the benchmarks I've seen say the 5750 runs most games well as 1900x1200 so I think it would be more than enough to run things on my 22 inch.
So what do you guys think? What's going to be the best gain for my old gaming rig right now? Thanks.
Video card is probably going to help more than the CPU, although upgrading the CPU later would give a little boost as well.
Don't get the 5750 if your system can handle anything else. That's the worst DX11 card on the market. A 58xx series might be overkill for that machine, but it's worth it to spend the extra $20 for a 5770, and your power supply should handle it easily.
Adding some more RAM would be a plus too -- but what OS are you running? If you're on XP, any more than 4GB probably won't do you any good; that's all the 32-bit version will recognize. But that should be plenty for that machine anyway -- an AM3 chip, 4GB RAM and a 5770 will keep it relevant for a couple more years and basically max out what you can do with that motherboard until it's time to buy a new machine.