mtm87tx wrote:can someone help me find a AMD dual core 3800 on newegg.com and a good mobo to go with it?
I recommend against going this route right now, as your system is quite capable of running the game. If you plan on upgrading, I suggest evaluating how long you plan on keeping the system around.
It's probably best to add in 2GB of RAM as part of a short term life-extension for your computer. This'll set you back about US$150 at the least. Your computer has enough computing power to bring out the most of your video card. Upgrading the entire core system would be costly and would likely not work out well in the long run.
AMD's M2 socket will feature DDR2, of which we're looking at a market that is quickly shifting away from DDR. The memory will be the best option to go for as it will keep the system capable for a little while longer (and getting back that $150 from saving will not take long either).
Given from your current specs, there are some things that you'll likely end up purchasing... where the extra money you save from a small RAM upgrade will help pay off.
1) Power Supply -- today's PCI Express video cards may end up needing additional power. And some of the current motherboards require 20+4pin power connectors. If you wish to get something like a GeForce 7800GT, you're going to need a new power supply for those heavy requirements.
2) Motherboard -- As obvious, you'll need a motherboard capable of handling your CPU, RAM, video card(s), and other things. In about 3 months from now, motherboards will feature DDR2 memory slots, which brings us to...
3) RAM -- DDR is being phased out... and in a bad way for those still on S939 like myself. Save yourself half the trouble and plan ahead. Complement your new motherboard with new RAM that is both faster(???) and cheaper than old DDR.
4) CPU -- Current Intel processors and chipsets make use of DDR2. AMD is migrating to use it. The final piece of the puzzle is timing. Right now AMD processors is the King for the 3D gaming. Intel's Conroe processors dethrones the King but the caveat is that nobody can purchase one at this point. Do you plan on upgrading now or 6 months later? How much would you have saved by then? Timing is key.
Right now, a decent solution may be a GeForce 7800GT (about US$275), an nForce4 motherboard (~ US$100), 500W-600W power supply (under US$100), and 2GB RAM (~ US$150). That leaves about US$375 for an AMD processor. Start contemplating. Because it's a hard decision to make right now.