my old MB is going down and I guess I have to do at least a partial system-upgrade.
I'm planning on spending 400 Euro max for a CPU, MB and fitting RAM. The rest of the system will be reused.
SO here we go:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible and before my system completely fries
BUDGET RANGE: ca. 400€ (about 500$ ???), no rebates (there is no such thing here in Germany, as far as I know)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU (450W be quiet! BQT-E5-450W), GPU (MSI R4870-MD1G), monitor (Samsung 2443FW), HDD (1x Samsung HD252KJ, 1x Samsung HD502HJ), keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS (Win7 64-bit), probably my old PCI(!)-TVcard, but that is no must have
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel-CPU (i3, i5?), Gigabyte was recommended to me as MB-manufacturer
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet PC would be nice, but I guess the included CPU-fan will be fine for the beginning.
I'm not sure about the CPU though, an i3 seems fine but will it be enough for the next 2 to 4 years, e.g. if I'm buying a new GPU?
The mainboard should provide enough opportunities for upgrades in the next 2 to 4 years (better GPU, other CPU, more RAM, other/more HDDs, maybe a blueraydrive).
It's completely okay if you could recommend me the parts through www.newegg.com , I will convert the prices into € and will check the items in "my" stores.
The i3 isn't that good for gaming. I'd avoid them altogether.
Frankly, Intel is a poor choice right now if you're really worried about being able to drop in another CPU. They're moving on to new sockets in the next year, so I wouldn't expect any more CPUs for the LGA1156 socket.
I'd look at a X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3, with some 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks. That cost you around 300 Euros (it's about $350).