Mashugana

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I am running into CPU bottleneck issues on some of the new games I want to play (Guild Wars 2). I know my system is old, but I just don't have the money for a full rebuild. Is there any way for me to upgrade pieces? I was thinking of upgrading just the motherboard and processor and then reusing as much of my current gear as possible. I think my PSU and graphics card could handle GW2 if I got a better processor.

My hope is that I can do just a CPU upgrade now with a path to buy a new case and other components of a full upgrade later in the year.

Will that even work? Or should I just wait until I can do a full system upgrade?

Current System:

Operating System: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53GHz Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM: 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 398MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0RY007 (Socket 775)    40 °C
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5670 (Sapphire/PCPartner)    34 °C
Hard Drives: 466GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKS-75A7B0 ATA Device (SATA)
Optical Drives: TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653F ATA Device
Power: Antec 450w
Audio: AMD High Definition Audio Device

Thanks for any advice.
 

ohiou_grad_06

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Do you live near a microcenter? The one near me has been running specials like get an fx 4100 quad and board for 90 bucks. If you grabbed a deal like that, DDR 3 ram can be had for around 30 for 8 gb of ddr3 1333. If you could do those and maybe get a power supply and case you could start toward your goal but I don't know your budget. Yes you could go with a video card but I think your CPU will likely bottleneck a faster card, which is what happened to me when I picked up a gts 450 and was still running an Athlon x2.
 

Mashugana

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Thanks again. Looks like all signs point to a full upgrade. If I am going to drop money on a new card, I might as well get a new MB and CPU as well.

I really appreciate all the help.
 

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