I have an old gaming computer and am wondering if i can just squeeze a little more life out of it before i buy a new one later this year.
The important bits of the spec:
AMD Athlon FX57.
Asus A8N-SLI (socket 939) motherboard (supports 16x PCI-E).
3GB DDR1 400MHz RAM (recently upgraded from 2GB). 3 sticks of 1GB each.
2 x 256MB NVIDIA 7800 GTX, in SLi mode.
I'm running 64-bit Windows XP Pro.
I'm thinking of a GPU upgrade to a £50-£60 card (some damn impressive ones available for less than that according to the latest issue of MicroMart), but i'm struggling to work out if i'm likely to get any noticeable benefit out of a better card because of the CPU bottleneck - the FX57 was one of the fastest single core processors, but games are multi-threaded these days so it lags far behind. I'm also concerned because i'd lose the SLi benefit so maybe it wouldn't even be much of an upgrade. Upgrading to the FX60 CPU is a no-no on cost basis, and there's not any other upgradeability left in the socket 939. I can't afford a new rig now, so is it worth spending the money on 'upgrading' the GPU? Or perhaps upgrading the RAM to 4GB would be more cost-effective? Maybe i should stretch to a more expensive GPU and take it to my next rig too?