Gaming PC on the cheap
May 23, 2007 5:02 PM Subscribe
Yet another PC upgrade advice question.
posted by squidlarkin to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My PC is showing its age. Current configuration: 1.5GHz Athlon XP 1800+, 1GB RAM (plain old DDR, I think), Radeon 9600 Pro. My primary interest is gaming, but I'm kinda poor, so I'm not so interested in the state-of-the-art; I want hardware that's new enough to make a big difference, old enough to not be outrageously expensive, and ideally be upgradeable easily when I find myself with more pocket change.
So: even though I know the video card is the most important component in a gaming PC, most newer games I've tried have low framerates and don't run much faster at low display settings, so I'm thinking the CPU is the main bottleneck here. Is this a reasonable assumption?
If it is, I could either pick up a slightly better Athlon XP for cheap and probably get a fairly small performance boost, or I could delve into this fancy new multi-core and/or 64-bit architectures, of which I know nothing about and which would probably necessitate new RAM and who knows what else. An overview of my options in that department is mainly what I'm after with this question. Advice?