Need Advice on Upgrading From My Duo E5200 2.5GHz, Max Budget $300

I need some advice on upgrading my CPU. If I could get a recommendation of CPU and mobo that would be fantastic. Here's the pertinent information:

Current CPU/Mobo/Mem: Duo E5200 2.50 GHz, 3GB of DDR3 1333 RAM, Intel DG41WV mATX mobo

PSU: 550W        OS: XP (will upgrade to Win 7)

Gfx: Nvidia 8800GT (am planning to upgrade to at least a Radeon 5770/6770 or higher soon

Drives: 2 optical, 2 SATA HD      Internal Cards: 1 sound card

Case: Can fit full size mobos, plenty ventilation

Usage: Mostly gaming, web browsing and music playing

Budget: $300 Max (for CPU/Mobo, will buy gfx later) prefer less than $200 if possible

I was recommended the 2120 with a H61 mobo, which does fit my needs. If the board could include Wifi that would be awesome but it's not a must have. Any recommendations or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. Are you planning to reuse your case then? Is it a Micro ATX one itself?

    For 300 dollars, you can probably get an i5 and a new motherboard, along with RAM, but I'm not sure about fitting it in your case.
  2. Best answer
    Intel core i3-2100 $125

    If you want usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 $75

    If you don't care then
    ASRock H61M-VS $60

    MSI H61M-P23 (B3) $65 [more PCIe slots]

    CPU and Mobo will be $200 already leaving $100 to graphic card. At this price range it's either a 6770 [rebadged 5770] or a GTX 460 with MIR.

    The GTX 460 are like $130-135 after MIR so I'm not including them in the list. That is the list of 6770. If you want the HD 5770 I think it's around $120 before MIR and $100 afterward. There's probably a few dollar shipping too. Hope this gets you on the right track.
  3. With a $300 budget you can get a i5-2400/2500 and a H61/H67.

    If your memory is ddr3-1333 then you can re-use that on the new board.

    I recommend the Asrock boards mentioned above. I have the cheaper one myself.
  4. I'm assuming that the video card is on a separate budget, and not part of this 300 dollars, so I wouldn't skimp on the mobo/cpu to cover it.
  5. Sorry, a few clarifications: case can fit full-sized mobos, and budget is for CPUE and mobo only, other parts will come later.

    Great advice BTW! please keep it coming!
  6. Really need to know if you already have DDR3 memory or not? Also would you not consider AMD ?
  7. My memory is 1333 DDR3, and I'll do AMD, I'm not biased.
  8. Uther39 said:
    Really need to know if you already have DDR3 memory or not? Also would you not consider AMD ?

    Did you even read his post, it clearly says he already had DDR3.

    Why consider AMD if his budget is $300, he can get i5-2500 and a mobo and still have money left over. He could save some money by going AMD, but it would not even be close performance wise.
  9. Ok if you needed DDR3 then id say buy AMD,

    Also if your interested in the upcoming BullDozer then id of said buy an AM3+ board with a Phenom X4 965 and a Coolermaster Hyper212+ and OC it to 4ghz.

    Otherwise listen to the above chaps and buy
    MSI H67MS-E23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130598
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500
    Item #: N82E16819115073
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Subtotal: $299.98
  10. Best answer selected by malachiv.
  11. Thanks for the advice. I went ahead with the i3 2100. Thanks again!
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