My question is: is this the cheepest way to go, and would the processor be the only thing I have to replace? I am somewhat computer savvy, but this would be the first time I perform an upgrade. I have read several threads detailing it, but just wanted to make sure I understand what I'm getting into before I do it.
I know it's rather out-of-date and I guess it would probably be a better idea to bump it up to a quad and just skip the dual, but really the only reason I'm doing it is so that I can play Rift. It requires a dual-core. Also I bought my computer about four years ago and I think it's time for an upgrade. I will also be investing in some more RAM and possibly a new video card since I also play WoW and the performance has been choppy. What is the difference between a dual and a quad core processor anyway? Just faster?
what you need to know is what socket is your current processor. It could be socket 939, 940 i would assume, in which case you will be looking at second hand cpu's. The new athlon 64 x2 CPU's will simply not work or fit in your motherboard. Please state the socket and you motherboard model.