CPU Upgrade.

Right now my CPU is a Intel Pentium D CPU 2.66GHz
I was thinking of upgrading to a AMD Phenom II X4 3.4GHz CPU for around $165.
My video card is a GeForce 8600 GT.
I would like to know, first, would it be a better idea to upgrade my CPU compared to a GPU?
If the quad is a good choice, does anyone have an idea of what my framerate would be with the "recommended" CPU, but also the "minimum" required GPU on a game such as Bad Company 2?
Sorry if i didn't make sense, I'm not much of a computer person.
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  1. The CPU switch would require new RAM and motherboard as well.

    Look up your motherboard for a CPU support list. A Core 2 Duo would be a huge improvement if supported.
  2. I know that i need a new motherboard, but RAM?
    I wanted to upgrade to:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727&cm_re=amd_phenom_II_x4-_-19-103-727-_-Product
    This has 1000+ ratings for 5 stars... plus, CPU charts say that it is in the top 5 "best bang for your buck", which interested me because I'm on a low budget.
  3. What kind of frame rate increases could I expect in games I play?
  4. Quote:
    if you can overclock then how high of a stable profile can you get too.?


    I meant what difference could i expect game fps wise, upgrading my Pentium D 805 2.66GHz to a Phenom II 3.4GHz quad.
  5. Lol... K
    Should I post my results with this CPU "For Teh Lulz"?
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