Thanks to Abstract Hero, Trotter and Slaymate...
The CPU install was a successful one. I notice a hike in performance as well, games are playing smoother.
I appreciate the help and the prep involved.
So, i think i am going to upgrade my vid card next...any recommendations would be helpful. The only spec i look at is vid memory,,,hahaa.
I currently have a Nvidia GeForce 9800GT (512mb)...I want something fast and atleast 1024mb vid memory, around the $150-$300 price range.
What other specs should i look into when shopping for one, and should i consider ATI Radeon instead of nvidia?
Once again thanks for the help on the CPU, i am happy with it!
*edit - oh yeah, im running a DVI connection to my LCD monitor (60hz refresh rate, or course), 1680x1050 resolution, i forget the actual screen size...if this helps with suggestions.