I need some advise from people who have a bit more knowledge than I have regarding the wisdom of upgrading an ancient MOBO (Gigabyte GA-M61VME-S2 REV.2.0) running an equally ancient CPU (AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+,socket AM2, 2.8 gHz).
I saw recently o that AMD has released a low cost CPU (Athlon II X2 280 Dual-Core Processor, socket AM3, 3.6 gHz).
Would this be a worthwhile upgrade? It appears that the 280 is backward compatible with the AM2 socket.
Mainboard : Gigabyte M61VME-S2
Chipset : nVidia GeForce 6100V
Processor : AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ @ 2800 MHz
Physical Memory : 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Hard Disk : Seagate ST380815AS (80GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : Toshiba-Samsung CDDVDW SH-S203N
Monitor Type : Asus ASUS VH198 - 19 inches
Network Card : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller #3
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
DirectX : Version 9.0c (May 2010)
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.