Hi all, I know I should just upgrade the whole aging computer but cant afford it for at least 1 year. So I'm looking for a reasonable graphic card that would give me a performance upgrade. Taking into account bottleneck issues with my cpu. Thanks in advance for any advice.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2-4 weeks
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming ( playing Rift,Fallout 3 and BF:BC2), watching movies and general internet usage
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: a BFG 550 watt PSU with a Nvidia 9800 GTX+
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom 9150e 1.8 ghz quad core, Mother board is a Asus M2N68-LA (Narra3), 5gb of ram
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg ,tiger direct, amazon or any trustworthy sites
PARTS PREFERENCES: Im used to Nvidia but id consider a ATI card if I could get improved performance
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: any card out there that will give me better performance considering my current CPU/PSU? I'm playing Rift and getting 30-40 FPS on low settings, id like to be able to get 35+ FPS on medium or greater if possible
I did some research on the HP website and found. I should just be able to replace the CPU...
Socket type: AM2+
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:
Phenom with Quad Core (Agena) technology (AM2+) up to 9600 (up to 95 watt)
Would a 9600 be fast enough? I think they go for around 100 usd and is below my 150 budget . Only issue ive never done anything besides install graphic cards and memory sticks. Is installing a new cpu onto a old mobo that easy and safe?
ugh I was way off on finding that 9600 cpu for 100, newegg/tigerdirect don't carry it and cheapest on amazon was 260! and 80 for used but I dont like the idea of buying a used cpu...So may have to find a different cpu/mobo combo. I could prolly bump the budget to 200. Any ideas what combo be the best bang for my buck?