Upgrade or partial rebuild?

I built a desktop about 5 years ago. And at the time I would say it was a decent build. I have not really used it in past year or two as I just use my laptop. But I have recently got into making HD gaming videos and my laptop bogs way down and even freezes up under heavy load. I am unable to upgrade my laptop and want to upgrade my desktop instead.

In desktop I currently have a MSI K8N-NEO4 mobo which has a 939 socket. Which apparently is obsolete nowadays. I was thinking of upgrading the cpu to a dual core but the socket type is rather expensive $150-$300 plus. Crucial memory would be about $180 plus for 4GB. So I was wondering if it would make more sense to just do a partial rebuild. I know looking at th money it does but I can't afford more than a new mobo, cpu, memory.

For a partial rebuild I would replace the mobo, cpu, and memory.

I was looking at this combo

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7246704&CatId=4297


Plus this for memory stick (same as they had in a similar bundle for mobo)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6078347&CatId=2368

But I am hesitant because I do not know if everything else in my tower would be compatible. (HDD, DVD Burner, Graphics card) I have an nvidia graphics card I think 8800 series but not 100% sure. Also I was going to upgrade it to windows 7 from XP. Doing a complete OS unistall then reinstall.

My main focus for the desktop would be to run photoshop, sony vegas 9, movie maker, and handle the feed from my Hauppanage HD PVR. I will most likely not use it for internet and just use it for video editing.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

P.S. My spending limit is around $300 or less for the hardware. I already have windows 7.

P.S.S. If more info is needed I will try my best to answer. But what I have provided is off the top of my head.
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  1. Her is the combo I would get at the moment http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.614610
    And 4GB ram kit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226092 recommended min for 7 64bit
    Your 8800 GPU should work fine and if you have no more than two PATA (IDE) drives all your hardware should be compatible
  2. The Tiger Direct page doesn't load for me.
    You need to look at your drives and see if they are IDE or sata. You will probably have a sata HDD and an IDE DVD so you may need to add an IDE to sata adapter if the motherboard doesn't have 2 IDE ports. (You dont want the HDD and the DVD ont he same ribbon cable)

    I have used these before and they worked well.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812240012&cm_re=IDE_to_sata-_-12-240-012-_-Product
  3. My friend plays sc2 with his single-core AMD CPU, and a 9500 gt graphics card, which is less than what you have. When he installed Windows 7, however, the game became unplayable, and his system lost a lot of running power. Stay with windows XP, and buy yourself a something like this
    http://cgi.ebay.com/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-4200-2-2-GHz-939-CPU-ADA4200DAA5BV-/160558450606?pt=CPUs&hash=item25620787ae#ht_2653wt_1139
    but be informed. Those CPUs are quickly being a...'shutter' collectible item. Buying one in anything but used condition will be more expensive than buying a newer intel platform and a cheap 45nm chip.
    Also, any DDR2 RAM will do ya. That link you posted has a good example, and anything over 4gb would be overkill. (anything over 2 is hardly necessary with windows XP)
    Hope that helps.
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