I agree that a total system upgrade is always an option, I don't think he/she needs it to play at the resolution of 1366x768. If you can, give the e7400 a mild overclock, that will help frame rates a little.
i'm not planning to replace my whole system as i don't game all the times.
n i have another system with core i3.
so, i just want to use it as video watching, video conversion, music and some older games (just occasionally with medium setting).
my current concern is the i've some budget to upgrade my pc.
i'm not planning to upgrade my monitor, cpu and mb. so should i upgrade my RAM or graphic card.
4550 512 mb (i'm now using this with e7400)
and 5670 512 mb (now with core i3)
and i've 2 options
1. i use 5670 in my e7400 and buy another 4550 to my core i3 to use as cross fire (because my i3 board have 16x + 4x pcie CF),
2. or i'll buy another card, so what should i get (price below usd 130) either 5770 or 450 or should i wait beginning of next year for price drops and new models.
and i've 2 questions
1. will 2 * 4550 outperform 5670
2. will 5670 be bottlenecked by my e7400 system.
no, 2x 4550s will not outperform 5670. One 5670 still is better than 2x 4550s.
5670 will not bottleneck your system then.
But 2GB of RAM is enough only if you use WinXP 32/64-bit instead of Win7 32/64-bit. If use Win7, however, I suggest upgrading it to 4GB because Win7 eats 800mb already, leaving 1GB left for your apps. So basically this is sufficient, for now.
...later would be SSD... That is harddisk with very little space but very fast speed. Most bottlenecks come here. But, since it's luxury items, some of us doesn't really buy SSD. Only VGA & memory (RAM).
2gb isnt much ram.. although it is ok with windows xp.
before I put any money in it I'd replace the motherboard--for new processor selection and ddr3 support.
replace memory--2x2gb ddr3
replace processor- something like athlon II x4
I COMPLETELY disagree. the athlon x4 is no faster for games http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/62?vs=106
2gb ram is enough for any 32bit OS. 4gb is useless as the OS is only able to use around 3gb
DDR3 is no real benefit over ddr2
Video card is all that really needs upgrading. the 5670 is good enough for medium details at lower resolutions