I am a gamer that is inexperienced in the field of computer building and upgrading, in the sense that I can recognize components and have a basic idea of what role they play in the computer, but I have never actually cracked open a case and fiddled with them.
In terms of games, I mainly use it to play Warframe, which it runs at around 30-40 fps most of the time on the lowest possible graphics settings. However, the reason why I want to upgrade is that in situations where there is high enemy density or loads of particle effects it can turn into a 2-7 fps chugfest.
My bogan-kit-bash-potato-toaster of a computer has served me loyally for (around) 4 and a bit years now. But now I think it's time it got a little love.
Here is a list of the components CPU-Z is telling me I have installed in my desktop:
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
RAM: Not quite sure, I know that it's DDR3, manufactured by Patriot Memory, and has a DRAM frequency of ~432 MHz.
And what I can deduce upon cursory examination:
Case: Don't really know either, it's a dark red plastic box with what appears to be very ripened vomit stains around the base. The cooling fans sometimes aren't enough on particularly hot days (~30-38 degrees celsius), and the computer will blackscreen, with the back of the case hot to the touch, although I think that this could be easily prevented by simply moving the computer to a place that would enable more airflow.
I have a (flexible) budget of ~$450 AUD.
What is, in your opinion, the most cost-efficient way to squeeze some extra performance out of this?
I would prefer solutions that did not require procedures that would be considered too complex for a beginner. Judging from what little I know, I think that the motherboard is quite restrictive of my upgrade options, but I've heard that changing it is complicated and I've sort of been scared away. Although, I am willing to face my (unfounded?) fears and change the motherboard if it means I can beef it up for cheaper.
If anything was too vague or I stuffed up on something, please tell me.