Originally Posted by Eureka
Thanks for all the help guys. I think I'm going to try and pick up a cheap CPU off the FS/FT section. I found out my friend probably has at least a gig of DDR2 RAM, so that'll bring me up to 3GB.
Would it matter to move past 667 RAM for an E7400/7500/8400/8500?
And why the video card upgrade? Is the x850xt worth upgrading to a 4850?
I've been using Passmark's benchmarks to compare all these choices, too. The 7500 scores about 1800 stock. A6-5400K scores about 2200. I can't really justify going from a $30 CPU to an entire A6 board setup for $90, and the E7500 is definitely faster than an A4-3400 which scores a 1700. But to be sure, how relevant is Passmark to what I'm look at?
x850xt is from 2004, with no DX9C support, you can't even start most of the "newer" games, and it doesn't support video acceleration like the newer cards do.
imo it's definitely worth the upgrade, but the 4800 is also getting old by now, it uses to much power for how it performs, and AMD now considers it a "legacy support product", with no new drivers for the last 5-6 months I think,
you can find a 6670 DDR3 for $50, it's slower than the 4850, but for what you described I think it's a better fit, without the excessive power usage and better driver support.
the A6 uses a single module, shares a lot of stuff between the 2 cores, in some cases it would be clearly slower than the e7500.
but overall it should give you a comparable experience I think,
but again, I think your motherboard does not support the e7500 (or any 45nm CPU).
anyway, I would rather use the IGP from the 5400k than the x850xt
as a CPU it's also an upgrade compared to the e2160.