want a better gaming machine. my current build as i said is lga775 processor, single pci express x16 slot (not 2.0) compatible mobo. a new computer doesn't need to be top of the line but would like something upgradeable. something to see me through the next 2-4 years. I would like to be able to do this for under 1k. dont need a case or hard drives, have tons of both. just need a mobo cpu ram and ps.
Depending on what you have and what you're expecting, an upgrade to an e7000 series C2D and a 5770 might take you where you want to go. That's less than $300 which is not too shabby, but without knowing more specific details it's hard to say for sure. (ie that won't max games out @ 2560x1600, but no $1000 rig will either)