Dan searches for a sensible upgrade

Over at Dan's Data, Dan is sorting through the problem of how best to upgrade his over-one-year-old PC to be ready for the latest games. He's looking for the best bang for the buck, and he's also a little perplexed by what seems to be happening in processors lately:
This computer was a top-flight performer when it was new, and today it... look, I know how this sounds, but it still pretty much is up there with the best.

All it seems to lack is 3D video performance, compared with the current New Hotness systems.

What the heck is going on?

Good question. As I think I pointed out recently, when AMD launched the Athlon 64 last September, its fastest CPU with the A64 FX-51. Now, AMD's fastest FX-53 is a whole 200MHz faster. Intel's lineup is arguably slower overall, with the P4 3.4GHz Extreme Edition having reigned as Intel's fastest for nearly a year without change.

Dan seems to find more utility in a graphics card upgrade, at least.

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