I built a system 4 years ago and not only only is it time for an upgrade the system has also died. It fails to boot I think it is either a mobo or processor issue and it is essentially not cost effective to try and get replacements to diagnose. So I would like to build onto this system if possible. Essentially I am looking for a Mobo, Ram, Video Card build that will work within my current system. I am not much of an audio guy so onboard audio is fine by me. My current system is below.
The quick and dirty:
Primary use: Gaming
Budget: $300-$500 (if possible)
ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard ~Suspected Dead~
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 2.2GHz Socket 939 89W Dual-Core Processor ~Suspected Dead~
CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit
EVGA 01G-P2-N592-AX GeForce 7950GX2 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Dual GPU Video Card
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
BenQ 16X DVD±R DVD Burner With LightScribe Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model DW1655 LightScribe Support
APEVIA X-Navigator ATXA8NW-AL/500 Silver / Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
No need to worry about OS I have Win7 and I also have a monitor (1920x1080) and speakers.
I loved the above system it served me well for many years may she RIP!
You didn't list CPU as a component you wanted to upgrade, but I will assume that you did want to upgrade it as you suspect that its non functional. With your budget it will be difficult to fit a quad core and a descent video card, so I had to skimp on the motherboard.
This puts you at $500 without shipping or any rebates. If you can spend another 40-50 there are much better board choices, this is the only one I could find that fit in your budget and allowed a good video card.
PSU perhaps -_-. That PSUs included with Apevia cases aren't exactly the best. I like some of their cases, but wish they didn't go with low quality PSUs (POS). If you want to upgrade your system, then I suggest you first get a good quality PSU. From there you could get an i2500K with a P67 motherboard and stick with your current video card till you save up for something better, or go an AM3+ ready motherboard (do your reasearch), and a Phenom II 955 BE to hold you over till you get a Bulldozer CPU.
Ok Megamanx00, you seem to be missing the point. RXG26's current system is dead, he wants a gaming rig now, and his Budget is $300-$500.
I mean no disrespect, but aside from stating that he might need a new power supply the rest of your advice is horrible. It would be great if everyone could wait for a bulldozer, or if everyone could have a 2500k, or if everyone could save up for that 6990, but not everyone overclocks, and not everyone wants to wait, and not everyone has a $1500 budget.