I am running into CPU bottleneck issues on some of the new games I want to play (Guild Wars 2). I know my system is old, but I just don't have the money for a full rebuild. Is there any way for me to upgrade pieces? I was thinking of upgrading just the motherboard and processor and then reusing as much of my current gear as possible. I think my PSU and graphics card could handle GW2 if I got a better processor.
My hope is that I can do just a CPU upgrade now with a path to buy a new case and other components of a full upgrade later in the year.
Will that even work? Or should I just wait until I can do a full system upgrade?
Operating System: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53GHz Wolfdale 45nm Technology RAM: 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-18) Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0RY007 (Socket 775) 40 °C Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5670 (Sapphire/PCPartner) 34 °C Hard Drives: 466GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B0 ATA Device (SATA) Optical Drives: TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F ATA Device Power: Antec 450w Audio: AMD High Definition Audio Device
Do you live near a microcenter? The one near me has been running specials like get an fx 4100 quad and board for 90 bucks. If you grabbed a deal like that, DDR 3 ram can be had for around 30 for 8 gb of ddr3 1333. If you could do those and maybe get a power supply and case you could start toward your goal but I don't know your budget. Yes you could go with a video card but I think your CPU will likely bottleneck a faster card, which is what happened to me when I picked up a gts 450 and was still running an Athlon x2.