Where should I upgrade?


I am trying to upgrade an slightly older computer. I am trying to figure out if my CPU needs upgraded to avoid a bottleneck or should I upgrade my Graphics card. I am a casual gamer and my upgrade would be for playing newer games. Here are my system specs.

Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+
Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Gaming graphics 3071 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 256GB Free (364GB Total)
Windows 7 Home Premium


Manufacturer HP-Pavilion
Model GG045AA-ABA a6142n
Total amount of system memory 6.00 GB RAM
System type 64-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2


Total size of hard disk(s) 373 GB
Disk partition (C:) 256 GB Free (364 GB Total)
Disk partition (D:) 1 GB Free (9 GB Total)
Media drive (E:) CD/DVD


Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Total available graphics memory 3071 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 256 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 2815 MB
Display adapter driver version
Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050
DirectX version DirectX 10
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  1. You could upgrade the GPU first if you can't afford a new system. Then upgrade CPU/mobo/RAM later. You will need to upgrade them all though for modern games.
  2. Thats what I was afraid of.
  3. What did it cost you in $/cents per week to run?
  4. I have no idea how to find that info out.
  5. Might need a new computer, otherwise, I would go for an upgrade to a better GPU, I suggest something in between the 7770-7850 area, like a 7770.
  6. Upgrading your video card will help, but you will only notice improvements in a few small areas such as in games. If you upgrade your CPU, you will notice increased performance in EVERYTHING. There will not be as much of a boost to performance in gaming, but the positive impacts of a modern CPU outweigh the positive impacts of a modern video card in my opinion.
  7. Sadly, I would just ask Santa for cash so you can build a new system. You'd be scavenging eBay for upgrade parts at this point, being stuck on an AM2 board. I believe the best CPU you could do is a X2 6000+ or something, so you're stuck on a dual core. You MAY be able to go to a first gen Phenom, but I'm not sure of the watt rating on that motherboard. Being an HP, I wouldn't trust the power supply to handle anything fancy, either. They tend to put PSUs in that are just enough to handle what they sell you.


    EDIT: Found the watt rating... 89 watts. Doesn't leave much to be desired. X2 5600+ is the best you can do with that board. :(
  8. Ok guys thanks for the info. Not looking good for me. I got a baby on the way so a new computer is pretty much out of the question. I might be able to do an upgrade here or there but I guess it doesnt really make sense. Thanks again.
  9. Congrats on the youngin'!
  10. thanks SinisterSalad :)
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