First post here, so be gentle. Pretty simple question, my budget gaming PC is coming up to 2 and a half years old now and it's showing signs of its age. My specs are in my sig but here they are anyway:
Intel Q6600 @2.4GHz with a Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler
Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L Motherboard
2x OCZ 2GB DDR2 800Mhz
XFX 9800GT with Accelero Twin Turbo cooler
Corsair HX520W PSU
Antec 300 case
My graphics card had a funny turn the other day so I opened up my PC to check everything was alright and I noticed the 3 capacitors on the end of the board are bulging and spewing out fluff which concerns me slightly. I occasionally do some component level repair at work, so I could probably replace the capacitors and keep my 9800GT running for a little longer but I'm tempted to upgrade my system.
So looking at my current spec, and baring in mind that I'm on a very tight budget, what components would offer me the biggest performance gain? I'm tempted to splash out on a GTX 460 but how much longer do you think my Q6600 will last me?
The average optimal number of CPU cores suggested by the test results is 2.75, showing a clear trend towards at least three CPU cores.The question of whether the CPU or GPU is most important is easily answered. If you don't have a multi-core CPU, then upgrade it. If you have a dual-core CPU at around 3 GHz, then invest your money into a graphics card, as most games are GPU-limited. This is not something that will change with new DirectX 11 games.