Hi, this is my first post. I have some questions about upgrading my computer (basically building a new one, but for now I'm going to keep some of the parts. yes, I read some of the other threads about building them before posting this) to keep up with the games that are coming out. I can play HL2, BF2, etc. with the settings turned down but there is still a lot of lag when playing on line, sometimes even in really good servers with only a few people.
Here is what I have in my comp right now:
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Intel Pentium 4, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
Dell Dimension 8300 (mobo)
Intel Canterwood i875P/E7210 chipset
512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 ATLANTIS (256 MB)
Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller
IC35L060AVV207-0 (60 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100) hard drive
The first thing I want to do is get 1GB of RAM (link
). Would the kind in the link be a good choice, or can someone recommend something else?
After I get more RAM I want to switch to an AMD cpu and mobo. I have a few questions, though...
What does an L2 cache do, and how much will having a higher one effect the performance of my PC? Right now I have 512k, so to improve on that while getting an amd I'd have to buy the 3700 San Diego which is $279.
What does a FSB do, and how much will having a high FSB effect the performance of my computer? The 3700+ San Diego on newegg has 1GHz fsb, but for $50 more on another site I could get the same cpu but with 2GHz fsb. Would that be worth it?
Does the fsb on the CPU have to match that of the mobo? I've never seen a mobo that had a 2GHz fsb, the highest I've seen is 1GHz.
Thanks in advance for helping me out, I'll probably have more questions later.