Hi everybody, this is my first post here.
I am currently debating if I should upgrade my system or simply get a whole new rig.
I am currently running this:
Motherboard : Asus M3A78
CPU : AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+
GPU : NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
RAM : 4GB DDR 2
and using a 550 Corsair PSU
I am well aware that this is not even low end in the gaming rigs but all I want to play is D3, World of Warcraft and maybe eventually Guild Wars 2. Diablo 3 is running fine on my computer except that I think I'm currently having temperature issues with my GPU but that's not the issues I'll make a dust cleanup tomorrow and check everything.
Is it worth it to invest in a new graphics card or CPU? If so, what are my options? I'm looking for a cheap solution right now.
I think that you would benefit most from an entire rebuild if its in the budget. Only because a more modern graphics card would most likely be limited in its performance by the older CPU and upgrading the CPU is not going to give substantially more performance out of the older graphics card.
However on the cheap side, you could upgrade both the CPU and the video card, thank AMD for small favors, this CPU *should* work on that mobo:
My CPU will probably limit me since most of the games I play are CPU intensive. Well, thanks for the help, I'll highly consider this processor. I was thinking of getting a new machine eventually, only need MOBO, CPU, GPU and RAM. Can you tell me what you think of this? To be honest I'd prefer Intel but AMD prices are tempting and I'm a college student.
Yes, as I said, even though its not on the "official" compatibility list, I think it will work anyway. I explained my justifications for that. But yes, there is a chance it will not. With a new motherboard you also will have DDR3, while its not substantially faster than DDR2, it is more modern, and doubling your motherboard to 8GB with DDR2 at current prices is more expensive than just buying brand new 8GB worth of DDR3.
As to what the difference is between the EM and non-EM, the main difference is the EM model has an onboard video chipset. (Which means you don't have to have a video card to use the computer)
Yes the build you quoted, would be very worthwhile, although I would follow Wisecrackers suggestion about the 7850, its a much better, more modern video card than a 560 SE.
Oh one other thing I didn't think about. Make sure that power supply has an 8 pin or a 4+4 power connector for the CPU. Your board only has a 4 pin, modern boards have 8 pin power for the CPU. If your PSU doesnt have it, you will need a new PSU or an adapter.