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cant go wrong with a CM hyper 212+.

budget and performance fused into a HSF. should be around $30-$40.

should be able to oc your proc to 3.6GHz+

since you are considering an upgrade more or less, this OC'ing would be your last ditch effort before deciding on opening your pockets.
Thanks a lot! You've (potentially) saved me a lot of money. I had no idea my processor could go so high. Here's to hoping it works out =)
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yeah the 212 is budget king, mugen 2 is somewhere up there.

megahelms can be found for about 50 here....i wouldnt be spending that much

true can be found for 40 sometimes and true was king for awhile
    
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If you want to stay on a tight budget the way I would start to upgrade would be this way.

1. Get an aftermarket heatsink Like the CM Hyper 212 and overclock your processor. This will be about a $40 upgrade.

2. Get a new GPU. Something like a GTX460 which you can pick up on sales for about $200.

3. Get a new CPU. your dual core will be the bottle neck of the new GPU. If you want to save money you can go with a socket 775 CPU and call it a day (a Q9550 would be the highest you could go) Games now a days are utilizing quad core technology now where a couple of years ago they weren't.

That would be the upgrade process I would follow to save the most money. By the time you get to the 3rd step in the upgrade process you can determine if you want to do a system overhaul to the new sockets (since it will be more expensive than just upgrading the cpu) or just upgrade the cpu.
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If you want to stay on a tight budget the way I would start to upgrade would be this way.

1. Get an aftermarket heatsink Like the CM Hyper 212 and overclock your processor. This will be about a $40 upgrade.

2. Get a new GPU. Something like a GTX460 which you can pick up on sales for about $200.

3. Get a new CPU. your dual core will be the bottle neck of the new GPU. If you want to save money you can go with a socket 775 GPU and call it a day (a Q9550 would be the highest you could go) Games now a days are utilizing quad core technology now where a couple of years ago they weren't.

That would be the upgrade process I would follow to save the most money. By the you get to the 3rd step in the upgrade process you can determine if you want to do a system overhaul to the new sockets (since it will be more expensive than just upgrading the cpu)
this is very sound advice, I would consider this route for the OP.
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i can tell you one thing.... i had a amd 64 x2 4400+ at 2.31ghz and my fps in wow at sw on high is 30-40fps and it was spot lagging...... i got my i3 540 and overclocked to 4.20ghz and the fps in sw is now 60 everywhere even in bg..... but i had to put overclock to 3.68ghz because it was getting 70c in some games lol.... even with a artic cooler pro rev 2.... now it hits 55c max alot better.... and still amazing proformance.... if you want a cheap upgread then get a i3 540 because it is easy to overclock.... im only 12 and i could do it easy... but because i live with 5 other people i had only £250 at christmas to get stuff so i am happy with my stuff.... also on my new fav game BFBC2 i get 60fps on high lol.....
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