I have a PC, and the mobo and the gpu got fried.
I am hoping if you guys can help in some directions on where to start since i have been away from the computer hardware market for 3 years.
I am not looking for a serious gaming station. something that can withstand some moderate gaming and engineering softwares like solidworks.
my [remaining] built is:
E8400 intel cpu
600W cooler master PSU
300GB Hard drive.
Im surprised the mb and gfx card were damaged but the cpu and especially the RAM are fine . Are you sure ?
Look at intel mb's on Newegg. You need a socket 775 board . These are legacy items now but there are still some available . Prices are reasonable .
The good news is that you can still game really well with an e8400[ and presumably solidworks is still running well ] so all you need to do is fit a DX 11 graphics card .
What is your budget and what resolution is your monitor ?
I would recommend a radeon 6670 or 6770. If you are running windows 7 and want to migrate your OS to an SSD you could see a pretty big increase in the performance of your system (startup, responsiveness, applications open faster, etc).