Hi, I finally got the green light from my dad to order some new stuff for my PC. I need it to last about two and a half more years. I will be ordering the parts in march so that they can arrive before april. My current specs are:
Asus P5LP-LE Limestone motherboard
Intel Pentium D 820
3GB DDR2 RAM
MSi Nvidia GeForce GT440
however, I will try to pick up another amazon gift card to up the budget by $25, and I'm not sure what the best deal is at that price range.
Some typical stuff I do would be
-Modeling in Autodesk Inventor
-listening to music
-doing all of the above while streaming video using procaster (this is the one that makes performance absolutely intolerable)
I use two monitors, 1280x1024 and 1440x900. My current mobo has 7.1 Surround sound (I use 5.1) and I would like to keep that in a new motherboard, but I'd be willing to trade that functionality for a faster comp. Can I squeeze a Core-i3 at this price or will I still be getting an AMD processor?
if it is absolutely necessary, I might be able to up the budget in increments of $25 by sneaking trips to CVS and picking up gift cards.