Hello all! I’m trying to plan my next upgrade. I currently have an Asus P5B motherboard with an Intel Core 2 Duo 6420 processor attached. Courtesy of the SDMB’s own Palooka I was able to score a great deal on a Radeon HD 5770 so my graphics needs are taken care of for a while. I also have 4GB of RAM (DDR2) and I’m pretty comfortable with that at the moment. I’m not buying an SSD until they come way down in price and I can get somewhere around 100GB/$100. So right now the easiest bottleneck I can upgrade is my tired old Core 2 Duo 6420.
Now for an in-place upgrade I can drop in any number of CPUs, up to some very expensive quad-core options. The P5B will take a fairly mean CPU compared to what I currently have. But I don’t know if this is really the best option per se…
On the other hand, I could get a new motherboard which supports the next-gen i3/i5/i7 processors. The advantage of this is that I would then have DDR3 memory and any other technological advances that have appeared since my P5B was produced (USB 3.0? ). The disadvantage is that the RAM isn’t free and I’d want at least 4GB since that’s what I’m running now.
I’m not sure when this upgrade would be but probably in the next couple of months. Bearing all this in mind, should I get a new motherboard, CPU and RAM or should I stick with what I’ve got and just pop a new CPU in?