Your motherboard is a HP OEM made by MSI I assume. Model MS-7184.
If its BIOS is the HP's there may be some limitation to what processor you
can put in there, but theoretically any socket 939 processor should do.
Check on HP support pages if there are any BIOS upgrades that relate to
supporting newer processors, especially the X2s(Dual Core).
It can be a a bit difficult to find X2s, but the X2 3800+ and 4200+ are yet around
in some places. While s939 Opterons are also available, I'm reluctant to recommend
such for an OEM board, due to the motherboard BIOS. This unless someone else has proof
e.g a DualCore Opteron would work.
You would need a PCI-e VGA card. I assume you are using the on board VGA and its
not sufficient for the newer games.
The mainstream PCIe VGA cards are now the Geforce 8600 series and RADEON 2600 XT.
A bit up the scale is then the new Radeon HD 3850.
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