I want to upgrade my 3-year old gaming pc but I am completely lost as to how to get the best performance for my budget. I'm keeping my old case, my hard drives and dvd-drives but am replacing everything else. My budget is about $750 CAD.
You should probably wait for Sandy Bridge (Intel's new CPUs) to be released sometime in January 2011.
Well I can't really wait for prices to go down, I need to build the computer as quickly as possible.
PSU is kind of overkill. Get something 550 - 650w or maybe a bit higher if you plan to SLI.
Agreed. And no, I don't plan on linking video cards in the future.
As for your choices:
Can you explain why you went for the Gigabyte mb instead of the MSI one?
Any reason to go for the video card you selected rather than mine? AS far as I know, the only difference between the two is that the eVGA card is slightly noisier and cheaper, while the MSI one is quieter and cools better and apparently it can be easily overclocked on stock air cooling.
BTW, I love the RAM choice and am fine with the PSU (especially the savings!)