I'm planning on upgrading my computer because my MBO (Gigabyte P35-DS3R) and graphic card (Gigabyte HD Radeon 5750) died.
As this is just a quick upgrade in need, I'd like to get the best value for money because I'm currently on a low budget but I'm planning in a few months (6 or so) on a full upgrade (i7, new MBO, SSD, SLI but I'd like to keep the graphic card I'd buy now).
Approximate purchase date will be next week.
Budget Range is 450-500$.
System Usage: Gaming - WoW (I need it to be as smooth as possible with graphics as high as possible with current set up), Warcraft 3, MS office, listening to music, watching movies, surfing the internet, reading books, Photoshop)
Country of Origin: Croatia
Parts Preferences: I prefer ASUS or MSI MBos (definitely not gigabyte)
SLI or Crossfire: Not now
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024
Thanks for the reply.
My 5750 is not under warranty.
The way I'm thinking now, I'd rather go with Asus also because I had the best experience so far with it but was wondering about MSI.
Would this Asus board be good for OC?
I thought about 470 as an investment for the future rig. You suggest I go for 460 or lower? Asus or Gainward?
Asus or MSI is good. I've used my MSI board for a year and it is a great board. OC's great, but sometimes the brand is not always everything. An example is Asrock. Not a well known name, but their boards are great now. Specially the AMD ones. (the newest ones). Anyway the GTS 450 or another 5750 or even a 5670 would be good enough. I don't think a 460 is needed. I also agree with Sniper. You should get something like a Q6600 and the new GPU as well. That should allow for WoW to run smoothly along with Photoshop.
When you buy your new computer, are you getting a bigger monitor. If you make the jump to 1080p, then you will need at least a 470. If you have 4-500 to spend now, I would recommend the 6950. Through a simple process you can turn it into a 6970 and it will have plenty of power for the next year or two, especially for WOW. If WOW is all you're ever going to play, then a 5770 or 460 would be sufficient.
Well, I wasn't planning on buying a new monitor in the future but I do have a plasma TV 50" full HD which I plan to connect over HDMI.
For now I plan to play only WoW and in the future Diablo III (will probably put SLI when it comes out).