Oh, yeah, it's pretty week. It's not terrible but if you're considering for gaming purposes, it'll limit you in quite a few games. Just check the homepage, as Tom's Hardware has a new article concerning CPU bottlenecks. 2 cores at 3ghz was ok for a couple games but many saw bottlenecking, and you're only at 2.1ghz.
If you're thinking of an upgrade, like getting a new GPU, you shouldn't spend more than $150 on the GPU... like a 5770, or 5750.
Well if he can't overclock, it would follow that he's using a prebuilt system, and therefore the CPU compatibility might be very limited. However, I definitely agree that an upgrade would be quite benefitial. At worst a new mobo + cpu.
well i dont wanna upgrade cuz i will be using this system for 10 months more.then i will get a new pc.see i am buying an hd 5670 within few days and i am planing to play games at 1024x768 resolution .i just wanted to know that will this cpu ruin my plans or will i be able to get decent framerates at medium settings?
Check some benchmarks, but I think at that low a resolution and only medium settings, you'll probably get playable frame rates from most games. How much RAM do you have? If less than 2GB, adding RAM may help some titles (and performance in general).
hansen, he's got a pre-built, so he probably can't flash the BIOS, and it is also likely AM2, may be 65W max, so there won't likely be too many CPU choices, and no AM3 ones.
@OP, if you're planning to re-use the GPU you're about to buy in your new PC, I'd suggest something a little stronger. Even though it will be bottlenecked now, you won't discover you'll need to replace it in ten months (although that's a long time and new cards are right around the corner). If you have the budget for it, something like a HD5770 may last into your next PC, depending on the games you play.
i can buy a pc right now but it would be a medium one as i only have rs 32000,i.e,$730.but within 10 months i will get $1800 so my total budget would be almost $2500 so i could buy a high end rig at that time.for now i just want to know whether my current rig will be able to play games till that time or not at 1024x768 resolution and medium settings.and i will buy a new vga card that time.