Amd Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7 Ghz Dual-core
Windows XP SP3 Home Edition
500w Power supply
2Gb DDR2 RAM
9400GT 512Mb GPU
I'm looking to give it a bit of an overhaul so i can turn it into a Blu-ray playing media centre with a sideline in gaming (mainly Total War and other RTS) and having spent a few days researching I've decided to up the RAM to 4Gb DDR2, buy a blu-ray drive, and replace the GPU. I also use it for a fair bit of photo editing so power on that front would be a bonus.
After reading many conflicting reviews I've finally decided on the HD6670 or HD5670 and, as i can't really stretch to a more expensive card, I was wondering whether it is worth upgrading the 9400GT to these or if i should just save the cash and spend it on beer instead.
Thanks for the responses so far. I'm not after fancy graphics but I was hoping the HD6670 would offer a noticeable improvement in performance as my 9400GT is chugging along when running Shogun 2 at medium settings.
I was going to hold back on the OS update until Windows 8 came out, does 7 offer an improvement in GPU performance? I'd go for more RAM if I had to get Win7 as well, and it all adds onto the cost.
On that note, is the DDR5 card worth the extra 20 quid? This thread:
I take it you've seen it. It shows the graphics cards in tiers. You can find your 9400GT somewhere near the bottom, while you will find the 5670 and the 6670 DDR5 in the same tier. The DDR3 is slower than the 5670 and the 6670 DDR5 model.
Yet if you are on a strict budget, then the DDR3 will suffice.
Windows 7 offers DirectX11 as I am sure that 8 will as well. You could probably just wait. Shogun would look better, but I would wait if you had already planned it.