Basic Info: Looking to upgrade my CPU, Mobo, RAM and possibly GPU. Still not sure if it's worth it.
Approx Purchase Date:Looking to purchase this week.
System Usage: Mostly gaming. Some programming, 3d modeling and video editing, but all amateur.
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, GFX Card, HDDs, Case, Fans, PSU (Using Corsair 750W ATX12V)
Preferred Website: Newegg.com, but I'm not tethered.
Overclocking: I would like to be able to, but I won't pay big bucks for it.
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 x2 (Anything fullscreen (games/apps) runs 1440x900, but I run a dual monitor setup for everyday computing)
SLI / Crossfire: I would like to be able to, but I won't pay big bucks for it.
Additional Comments: I'm looking to upgrade. Looking at 100-150 per item. Through my research I've decided I think i3-530 looks like a good choice for processor, but most mobos I see that support LGA 1156 say "CPU Type Core i7 (LGA1156)/i5 (LGA1156)" (EXAMPLE) and don't list the Core i3 even though it's the same socket type. Will this still work with the i3-530?
FULL LIST OF CURRENT HARDWARE ReplacingPossibleKeeping
Motherboard: No doubt on this one, unless you feel the need to get i7, get the EVGA nForce 780i - (Unfortunately, all of the mobos are apparently sold out at NewEgg, so here's EVGA's site for it) http://www.evga.com/articles/385.asp
Graphics: Once again, no doubt in my mind. The GeForce GT 240 is $103, has a gig of DDR5, and runs Crysis (on my computer at least -_-) at 30FPS on very high - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And there a few variations on this, but they have DDR3 RAM and they're only $4 cheaper
Based on techspot.com's nice review roundup and advice from this thread I'm thinking that maybe I'll go with this combo, the Core i5-750 and the ASRock P55 Extreme P55.
Just a thought. Still gonna keep looking, researching etc.