I have already upgraded the video card and PSU on my old Dell. I've even got 4 GB of Kingston Ram to replace the original 2GB 326 MHz DDR2 RAM. I've replaced the PSU with a Corsair CM430. What is really holding me back for playing any modern games is the CPU.
Is there any hope for the old girl? The motherboard is the original M2N61-AX, complete with Athlon 64x2 5000+ CPU on an AM2 socket.
Can I get even a modestly fast CPU in there? I don't want to use too much power, bearing in mind the 430 W supply. Could anyone recommend a micro ATX mobo and reasonable CPU that will be a significant upgrade? I don't really want to have to buy a new chassis, so temperature could be a problem, too.
Here's what the motherboard needs to run:
three rear usb 2 ports and audio jack
two front usb 2 ports would be adequate
two SATA connections for optical drives
two SATA connections for HDD
Geforce GTX 750 Ti graphics card
I hope you can help, because that old CPU is a real pain in the neck!