It's nothing fancy but it gets the job done for most games. I also have a 1080p monitor so that kinda ups the anti lol. What I'm trying to get at I guess is I don't feel like buying a whole new rig and just want to upgrade mine for as cheap as possible. I figured if I bought a quad core it'd be a good step forward and possibly upgrade the graphics card in the near future. Anyone have any tips on what would be my best option for a good increase in performance with minimal cost? I was thinking of a max of spending $500. Also, is the motherboard I have now even capable of supporting a quad core or is it only dual?
Ok cool thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for and yea, I've been thinking about getting more RAM for a while, i have four 1gb DDR2's so I have no more slots! lol, that's what happens when they have a sale at best buy for two 1 gb sticks haha. But anyways, you think i'll get a much more noticeable performance increase if I get an i5, new MoBo, and DDR3 as opposed to just buying a quad core and more DDR2 RAM?
and yea thanks raidur, I'll take that into consideration too, i'll have to look at what my best option is. I just gotta make sure i have sufficient air flow in my case if i oc my my cpu so that i dont overheat anythin lol
you'll get a performance boost from the core i5 but you can upgrade your computer for less then setting up the new system.
Your mb does support up to Core 2 Quads and 8g of ram and despite it's age the 8800's are still fairly solid cards so you can hold off on upgrading that till Nvidia's new cards start to drive down the video card costs out there. (probably going to take a few months)
yea, the 200 series is insanely expensive, at least if i were to get the 295 like i want lol. but yea, i might just upgrade to a quad for the time being until i get a whole new rig in the future.
and to dark, yea actually i have, that's where i bought all the parts to build my computer. just that when i built it i only bought 2 gigs of ram not knowing vista would completely consume it. best buy just so happened to have a sale on ram so i bought 2 gigs for like $30
i5 it is lol. thanks a lot tho, i really appreciate you guys helpin out a noob in need ;D oh and btw, i looked up the mobo ulyses recommended on newegg and couldnt find it, maybe there's a similar model thats just as good that im not noticing