SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games mostly and normal internet/word processing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'm only replacing Mobo, CPU, Ram. Graphics card potentially in a few months (currently have a 8800gs that needs upgrading, but I'm doing this in steps due to budget limitations). I plan on re-using all my other parts, including a 450 W PS that I've had for the last two years.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Like Newegg, not opposed to others.
PARTS PREFERENCES: No strict preference
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, definitely not required
MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1280x1024, preferrably have room to upgrade to a 22-24" monitor at a later date.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to spend $350-400 for just these three components. I have a rough idea of what to get, but looking for input if I can do better or if I have any issues with the size of my PSU, especially if i upgrade the graphics card in the upcoming months to something better (but within like a $100-150 price range. Current idea:
What 450W PSU do you have? I'm sure you may be aware that a quality PSU is the key to a stable system. If it's a cheap PSU you should replace it with a quality unit ASAP before the old one takes out your shiny new components in its blaze of glory.
I would avoid Nvidia Nforce chipset motherboards. They are known to have stability issues. I also haven't had the best luck with MSI motherboards. I would stick with either Gigabyte or Asus. The GA-MA790XT-UD4P is a great board for the money.