I'm looking to put a faster processor in my computer and am not sure what to buy or what socket type and all that jazz. Can anyone reccomend a good processor? I don't need top of the line but I want something that's going to be relatively fast 6 months from now. The link above has my motherboard specifications in it.
It came with a 945, you arent going to get much of an upgrade over that, a 955 or 965 is likely to be the best your board will support but thats $150 for another 400MHz.. Whats making you want a faster processor?
Well I play a bit of WoW and I wanted to get a smoother framerate. Not to mention there's some great games coming out this year, and I like to upgrade in advance. I have GTX 460 1MB already and 8 GB of ram, so I thought my processor would be the next weak point. Is 400 MHZ noticeable?
The CPU you have is plenty fine for most gaming scenarios. You will be MUCH better off to sell your GTX 460 and get a higher end gaming card. Drop in a GTX 570 or ATI 6950 and do a BIOS hack and convert it into a 6970.
I would advise a better power supply to go along with that new video card:
You wont benefit much with a CPU upgrade. It would require you to change your motherboard to support a Sandy Bridge Intel CPU or an AMD Bulldozer CPU and I don't feel that its worth it right now. Being that Bulldozer isn't available yet and there are limited SB CPUs available, you really don't have much upgrade options to go to.
Dump all of your upgrade $$$ into the PSU and video card upgrades. You can sell your GTX 460 on ebay to recover some of your upgrade cost...