Worth upgrading PC for home theater and gaming?

By nhoffman
Jan 27, 2010
  1. Hello all, I'm considering upgrading my computer but not sure if any purchases would noticeably boost performance.

    I am going to set up the PC in the living room as a home theater pc and would like to play games on it as well (I usually play RTS games like empires total war, command and conquer, spore, etc.). Acting as a home theater pc, it will also play HD movies, record tv, etc. through mediaportal on a 1920 x 1080 plasma screen.

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+, 3.00 GHz
    2.00 GB DDR RAM
    Radeon X1900 Crossfire
    I use SATA hard drives
    Plan on installing Windows 7

    I was wondering if any upgrades would provide a noticeable improvement in the system for gaming or media related functions. As far as budget, I wouldn't mind spending around $300 for a motherboard / cpu combo, or any other upgrades, but I don't want to spend the money if performance would only be minimally improved.
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