I've got a younger brother who’s got a old Acer Aspire T310 desktop with a Pentium 4 2.8ghz CPU and 2GB RAM that’s now beginning to show it age a bit, especially when he plays some of his games.
He’s tried to improve the gaming performance by buying himself a 1GB AGP graphics card which has helped with some of the less demanding games (e.g. Warcraft 3), but now the CPU is really bottlenecking his other, more demanding, games (e.g. Dragon Age Origins) sometimes to the point where it's unplayable.
Now, I’ve done some research and his existing motherboard will NOT support a newer CPU other than another Pentium 4. So I was wondering, is there any way he could get a better CPU (something in the Core 2 Duo or even Core Duo range?) + motherboard that could be “dropped” into his existing system, so that he won’t have to replace his hard drive (which is a PATA drive), DVD Drive and (if possible) the new Graphics card he bought only 3 weeks ago?
Can anybody recommend a good strategy for upgrading older systems besides just replacing the system?
I've spoken to my brother and he's decided to save up and buy himself a new system instead of trying to upgrade his current one.