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Question Bottleneck? Which component should i upgrade first?

lordmogul

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Agree, this setup is over 10 years old by now, and there has still been some development during that time.
If you want to stay with games up to around 2011-2014 you might want to get something like a used HD 5870/6950/7850 or GTX 660/750 Ti/1030, but at that point you will run into stuff that either requires more than 4 GB RAM, a faster CPU or both. (Note that even a 2500K without OC is about twice as fast, and those are already at a point where they can be a bottleneck in recent games)

Keep it as a secondary rig or sell it to pad up your budget (for maybe 50-60 £/$/€ with a bit luck) , but if you want to play anything recent (2014 and up), you'd need a new build.
 
Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

Your psu might limit how strong of a graphics card you can use.
Your lack of a UEFI capable bios will restrict you to an older gen card.
Something like a GTX750ti might be a good upgrade, it sells for $70 on ebay.
The good thing about updating a graphics card is that you can use it on a future cpu/mobo/ram upgrade.

If your cpu is lacking, then I would not try to add ram or change out the cpu.
I might guess that you can buy a modern intel or ryzen processor, motherboard and 8gb of ddr4 ram for $250.
 
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Thanks everyone, yup i know like mike say i'm wasting the money but i do that because i have low end gaming experience channel on youtube, IYKWIM. Anyway, once my channel approved for monetization i will do some upgrade.
 

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