System Usage from Most to Least Important: SW:TOR, streaming video, streaming music, all at once.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, OCZ 1000w Power Supply (model # OCZ1000PXS), Inspiron 531 case (hopefully).
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect, or whatever is cheapest.
Country: USA! Boulder, CO.
Parts Preferences: Little preference, but AMD seems cheaper and just as good.
Overclocking: maybe, not familiar with it.
SLI or Crossfire: Not familiar with it.
Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 or more
Additional Comments: quiet is nice, but seamless transitions between concurrently running applications as well as fast rendering of character models and terrain in high traffic areas of MMOs and the highest FPS possible in-game, are the primary reasons for upgrading.
I don't need to upgrade everything at once, I'd like to upgrade whatever will make the biggest difference and then stop upgrading once I'm satisfied with performance. That said, what do you think I should upgrade 1st, 2nd, 3rd to get the biggest gain in frames per second and switching between programs?
Are the MOBO and CPU compatible? Good buys? I have very little preference concerning MOBOs but I feel this CPU is a great buy for the ghz. So, if there are other factors I should be considering or if there are comparable and better options, let me know!
What upgrade will give me the biggest performance boost?
Thanks in advance for any and all feedback. I've upgraded the ram and graphics card in this machine once already, I don't know why it has a 1000w powersupply, I think most of the inspirons came with a 450w one, but 1000w is great so I'm not complaining. Upgrading the cpu and mobo will be new experiences for me so any noobie warnings are appreciated