Agreed, looks like the GPU is the weakest link at the moment. Since you have DD2 RAM I'm assuming you're on an older motherboard and/or a 32 bit OS which unfortunately makes adding more RAM less feasible. In those circumstances, a better card is about all you can hope for without buying a new motherboard and starting over from scratch.
Get a good GPU from the last year (I'd look at something such as a Radeon 7770 which is under a hundred bucks these days) but don't go overboard with the latest and greatest because that'd be putting a Ferrari engine in a Honda chassis. (You basically have my car for a computer, a 1997 Honda Accord. Reliable, not as fast as it could be, no bells and whistles, and probably going to be replaced in three years.)
Ok thanks I'll look into the 7770. But hearing that I have a " '97 Honda" is a bit concerning lol, not that a Honda is bad though. But for the books, I have 64bit Windows 7 OS. Motherboard listed in OP, but if it looks like I'm headed for and upgrade in 3 years, I'd like to maybe hear a bit more on parts to upgrade. But again thanks a bunch on recommendation guys! I'll prob stick with upgrading GPU till I'm ready to redo my whole rig.
Nope, I drive a '97 Honda XD 213K miles and nary a problem in sight. Okay, 2007 Honda is probably a better comparison since your processor is only a gen or two behind.
The concern over touching the RAM or the CPU is that if your motherboard is still on DDR2 (are you sure
it's not DDR3...?) that maxing out the RAM on it will be crazy expensive and it won't be able to handle a late socket AMD CPU (since you're probably on an AM3 socket and not the new FX socket or whatever it is.) 2GB sticks of DDR2 are worth their weight in gold these days. At least if you are on a 64 bit OS, it wouldn't be an exercise in futility.
What motherboard do you have? Edited, Sep 24th 2013 2:49pm by Catwho