Will a Wolfdale E5300, 2.6, 2MB processor significantly bottleneck a HD7750 such that I should just go with a 6670 GDDR5 or DDR3 instead of the 7750?
My 12-yr old son has a Dell Inspiron 530 built in Feb 2009 with 3 GB RAM DDR2, integrated graphics, 300 W power supply, and a 19 inch monitor set at 1280 x 1024. His uses are Microsoft Office, web surfing/browsing, Facebook, video chat, watching youtube videos and on rare ocassions watches DVDs, and does mild gaming such as Minecraft (which the computer performance for Minecraft does not seem the greatest, an apparent victim of weak onboard graphics).
He also wants to do TF2. Portal 1, and Diablo 3, for example, and other forgiving or medium games, and possibly (who knows) more demanding gaming but is willing to go with lower settings if needed. He will likely get a new computer in 1-2 years, but for now . . .
I have settled on the following three possible choices for graphics cards with approximate prices, and will make a purchase in a day or two.
With my motherboard, about the the best processor I can go to is the E8400, E8500, or E8600 max. I have seen them occasionally used on Ebay for $90-100. I don't I am willing to replace the motherboard.