So, I'm trying to decently run and have my computer live up well to today's game standards. I can practically run anything - just not-so-smoothly.
My CPU: AMD Athlon Dual-Core 4450B
My Video card: GeForce GT 220
I found some triple core AMD Athlon II series, I believe it was for about $70.
I also did some searching and found some decent Video cards with 2 gigs of memory as opposed to my 1. (Also, what exactly, besides the actual memory size, should I look for in video cards?
If I had to only choose one to upgrade, which should I go for? I'm only going with one for now (I know I should do both) because I just don't have the money required for both right now.
The 2GB of VRAM only become significant at resolutions higher than 1920x1080 so its okay to stick to 1GB VRAM options & save some $.
If you have to choose, go for a video card upgrade. Your 220 is just a little more than an HTPC card & wont play games.
Go for the gpu upgrade. $ for $ games benefits more from it than a processor upgrade.