I'm looking to extend the life of my system a bit longer, so I need some help deciding between a few parts.
First up... the processor. I have a socket 939 system with an Athlon 64 3000+ (1.8Ghz) Venice core processor. I really want to go dual core, so I've narrowed it down to two processors:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Toledo 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - OEM
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - OEM
I've done overclocking in the past, but have no desire to do so with the new processor. I'd rather just put it in and forget about it. That being said... is the $10 extra for the second processor worth it for a Manchester core and .2 extra Ghz?
Next... the video card. I'd like to keep the price of a new video card under $150, so I went looking and found one that I thought would do the trick:
Newegg.com - PNY VCG86512GXPB-OC GeForce 8600GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
I haven't looked too hard for a new video card because the 6600GT I have now is sufficient for the games I currently play (pretty much only Guild Wars). However, I have noticed a few times while playing where the frame rate will drop because there's too much stuff going on. Also, having a DirectX 10 card will come in handy in the future I'm sure. My motherboard only has one PCI-E x16 slot, so SLI is not an option either.
Last... the RAM. I have four slots in my motherboard, two of which are occupied by this:
Newegg.com - OCZ Performance Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
My question is, do I buy another 2 x 512MB kit so I can run it in dual channel, or do I just buy a 1GB stick so I can later upgrade to 3GB of RAM?