Ah I see that would likely be a great improvement for 5$ then considering when running games or most anything it is usually always at 100% CPU Usage right? The AMD Athlon 64 X2 is cheaper in price on the middle graph?
Yep at that price you can't go too far wrong, and yes it should give a performance boost to everything. Ignore the pricing on the CPUBenchmark link - it just scrapes the price from Amazon or wherever at the last price that chip was listed at. Neither the 3500+ or the X2 have been sold new for a number of years.
Very interesting. So as a general rule would you say that you can use even a brand new card in an older system such as mine and it would still be better quality than older cards but just not able to function at as high of speeds as it may be capable on a newer motherboard? Is there a way to tell what card is better than what card other than i'm sure websites/web searching.
I'd just advise a bit of caution here. Although the PCIe spec is backwards and forwards compatible, and new cards should work on older systems, albeit limited by a slower PCI Express 1.0 bus, from what I've read there can sometimes be compatibility problems with old systems. There's no hard and fast rule, but when you consider many new graphics cards have more video RAM on board than most systems of 11-12 years ago supported as main memory, and there have been new developments like UEFI firmware on new systems replacing BIOS on old ones, it's inevitable some compatibility issues will result.
The site I linked to www.videocardbenchmark.net while not perfect (it's based on a synthetic benchmark suite, and so may not represent real gaming performance) is at least able to give a rough guide on how one card stacks up against another in terms of processing power. The TechPowerUp GPU database is good for the more techie details and for finding reviews.
Memory sticks, I think Crucial are quite good. They'll guarantee compatibility or money back if you use their memory selector/scanner tool. Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston - also pretty reputable.
Unfortunately I think your CD/DVD drive is IDE. IDE ports are no longer provided on new systems - they have moved to SATA. While you could potentially use an adapter, it might be just as well to buy a SATA drive. Fortunately, these are cheap - new DVD burners can be found for $12..
Edited by jonuk76, 29 March 2018 - 10:51 PM.