Hi all, hoping I can get some tech advice along with some opinions on upgrade options.
I built this rig a couple of years ago and it's now struggling slightly with some software/games.
I am thinking about a last upgrade for it before it's retired/replaced but would appreciate your opinions. I don't want to spend a fortune and just looking at CPU/GPU upgrades, anything more I feel warrants a new board!
Case - NZXT Lexa
Board - Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe WIFI 790FX AM2+
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2 5600+ (2.8GHZ) AM2 2mb L2 cache
PSU - Enermax Galaxy 850w Crossfire ATX
GPU - 2 x Sapphire X1950pro 256mb GDDR3 in Crossfire
RAM - 4 x Crucial 2GB DDR2 800MHZ/PC2-6400
HDD - 1 x WD Raptor 74GB, 1 x WD 1TB
OS - Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise I look forward to your advices and views!
The PC these days is primarily used as a multimedia hub for music/photo's/videos and office/email/internet.
I stopped using it for gaming a while ago as the GPU's weren't up to the job.
I have recently been given a copy of minecraft, which it struggles with on anything but the lowest settings, made me consider a final upgrade to proof this machine for a few more years.
I don't really want to spend much but assumed that the board would restrict my upgrade options to the older chips/cards so the question is whats the best options for processor and graphics that my board will support?
I am thinking no more than £200 but cheaper the better...
Thanks for the links, makes it really easy to see the possibilities
is it worth going for a quad core like the Phenom 9500?
how much of an improvement would it actually make to operations, like minecraft rendering for example?
My current CPU usage goes through the roof...
His a comparison benchbut using the 9550 as I think you might struggle to buy the 9500. Not playing Minecraft I could not tell you anything about it's rendering. I am more of a Dead Space Max Payne FPS type of gamer.