SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 (when released) and surfing the internet.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (WIN XP), case (generic), power supply (NSpire NSP-450P4LF12), DVD drive and hard drive.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.ca, ncix.ca
PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am currently using an OLD AMD Athlon 3200+ with 1 GB RAM and an ATI x700 PRO (AGP) video card. This PC is 5 years old and I am hoping to upgrade the major components relatively cheaply so that I can play WoW and D3 as well as general web surfing and flash online games (for the younger kids). I would like to get a PC that will last another 4 or 5 years knowing that at most I play Wow and D3 when released.
The power supply that I have is 450w with 32A total on the 12V rails, here is a link. I need to upgrade the CPU, motherboard, video card and RAM. I am on a pretty tight budget and it's been a long time since I have investigated PC upgrades so any help that could be provided would be much appreciated.
For significantly more than newegg, they arent worth it.
Jbakerlent's build is unfortunately significantly more in canada so swap the ram out for this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
and consider a 4830 for the graphics card, it wont max everything out but it should let you stay in budget while providing a massive increase over your old system
Dont forget to shop around and use NCIX for their price matching
I don't like NSpire power supplies, they get very few, if any good reviews. You may want to change it out if you can afford it, but if it's been trouble free for you till now i doubt if it's going to cause problems.