PSU: Thermaltake toughpower 600w
RAM: Corsair Value Select 1024Mb DDR2 667MHz
GPU: BFG 320Mb nVidia Geforce 8800 GTS
MOBO: MSI G965M-FI (not sure about this mobo, any other decent Micro-ATX motherboards for around the same price?)
CPU: Intel Pentium D 940 on stock cooling
So, would there be any problems/conflictions with these parts? I know there would be a bottleneck on the GPU, i plan to upgrade my processor to a core 2 duo fairly soon.
I am upgrading everything in my system apart from the CPU and drives, due to lack of upgradeability with my current setup. How would i go about taking the CPU out of my current motherboard, and putting it in the new one?
The MB you have listed, like many current ones, only has 1 IDE/PATA connector. Since you shouldn't mix optical and hard drives on the same IDE/PATA cable, either your hard drive or your optical drives will need to be SATA, or you will need to add an IDE controller card.
It isn't difficult, just takes a bit of time and effort. Used parts may look discolored; resist the temptation to scrape them with a knife or other metal tool, as scratches make the surface uneven and do more harm than good. I use cotton balls (100% real cotton, not synthetic) and 90% rubbing alcohol from the supermarket, cleaning the CPU and heatsink several times. For the final cleaning, use part of a coffee filter (they are lint-free) instead of a cotton ball. Don't touch them after they are clean - even your fingerprints will reduce the effectiveness of the Artic Silver 5 or whatever you use.
Why are you doing the upgrade in stages? IMO it is too much trouble to install a new motherboard, only to take it out again soon to install a different CPU. If your current rig works, just wait and do it all at once.
Sorry, i probably didn't explain this very well. I plan to swap my current motherboard and all the other components listed at the same time.
EDIT: Oh, sorry, (I'm tired ^_^) i dont plan to get the core 2 duo very soon, probably in a few months. And i really want improved (to say the least) performance....well, now! So, i would rather get them in 2 stages.