Originally Posted by saturnotaku
No, you should have gone with a better video card. The Athlon 64 you have is plenty fine for current and near-future gaming. Your money would have been better spent on a GeForce 6600 GT or 6800 non-ultra.
I agree, its not your processor at all. The FX 5500 is VERY low end card. No modern game will run on it very well. Besides Socket 754 is alive and kicking, my 2.2Ghz Athlon 64 beats out most P4's.
Most games are GPU limited not CPU limited. Hell, An Athlon t-bird 1.4Ghz and a Radeon 9600 pro can out game that easily.