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April 14, 2011 12:36:03 AM

Hi everyone.

I am looking to upgrade my computer with no more than $650. Currently I have

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 @ 2.33GHz (OC'd @ 3.00GHz)
Nvidia EVGA GTX 260 Core 216
and some kind of Gigabyte motherboard

I play Starcraft 2, World of Warcraft, TF2, and COD Black Ops. I always have my computer streaming to when I am playing Starcraft. I know that most if not all of these games are mostly CPU intensive, plus while streaming that also puts a huge strain on the CPU. No matter what I get I will be getting a new CPU.

So my real question is should I spend most of my money on a CPU and Motherboard, or should I just get a semi cheap CPU and motherboard and just get one really nice GPU or maybe even SLI 2 average GPU's.

Some stuff I was looking at:
Intel CPU:

Motherboard for Intel:

Cheaper AMD CPU's:

Any help or thoughts would be appreciated. :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 14, 2011 1:42:18 AM

What power supply do you have?
How much memory do you have (and how many sticks of it?)
April 14, 2011 2:51:46 AM

I have a coolermaster 650 watt power supply and I have 6gb of corsair ddr2 ram, so I will need some new ram too. :/ 
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 14, 2011 3:35:32 AM

I would upgrade CPU / Motherboard / RAM, and then come back to address the video card later.

  • Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
  • MSI P67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
    240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

    (4GB would be fine, if you're looking to bring the price down more this is the first place I would look)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    TOTAL: $506.96 (Subtract $99 if you don't need a copy of windows).
    April 14, 2011 3:43:52 AM

    Cool thanks for your input, I appreciate it.