I want to either upgrade to processor (currently an amd clawhammer/newcastle .13um 3500+) or my graphics card, a pci-e nvidia 6800gt. What do you think will bottleneck first, as I have 2gb ddr RAM(3200) and replacing the motherboard (plus ram, etc...) is not an option due to cost. I want to be able to play newer games at higher settings, however, I am also limited by the 240watt PSU. I know that the 6800gt is a powerhog, especially when clocked at 420 1100
Interesting to note is that I have run the card at these settings with no problems power-related, so power for say a 7950gt (the one I was looking at) should not pose a concern. I will be happy to post more info about anything including motherboard info, etc if you ask. My question really comes down to....
*what is the best processor that will run (compatible with MB) and not kill the PSU
*what is the best single-slot pci-e GPU that will not kill PSU?
I do know a bit about comps, so feel free to ask away
**Oh, almost forgot, under CPU-Z, my motherboard is listed as a shuttle (Duh) with model # RS480-M1573