Case: A nice Coolmaster Elite case which is quite roomy and has decent cooling.
Motherboard: Some sort of rubbish stock motherboard. Not to sure but this is what "Speccy" says:
Manufacturer PEGATRON CORPORATION
Model Benicia (CPU 1)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model P35/G33/G31
Chipset Revision A2
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801IR (ICH9R)
Southbridge Revision 02
System Temperature 38 °C
Now i was thinking the best upgrades to my PC would be to improve the CPU, Motherboard and RAM to:
CPU: Intel i3-2120 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache
RAM Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3
Motherboard: Asrock H61M-VS Micro-ATX Motherboard
Now my question is will this make a significant improvement to performance in Games and Apps. If it will only make a small improvement then i will not bother. Also am I making the right upgrades or would you suggest something better? My budget is about £170-200.
Specifically the CPU, the motherboard only being changed to support the CPU.
More about :upgrading q8200 33ghz 2120 30ghz make difference
Also you know that if you upgrade you will have to get a new motherboard and probably new RAM. The Core 2 is socket 775 and the I3 Sandy Bridges is socket 1155. How much can you afford on upgrades. Can you afford an I5 2500k?
i would wait until you have more money, and get a new mobo get a normal atx rather that i micro atx, spend about £80 on that, 4gb ram is only about £20 for a single stick and then you would need about £60 more and you could get an i5.
because of the increase of speed (2.33 vs 3.3) you will see an increase in performance: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/289?vs=52
and that is with a 2100 @3.1
if you also consider that you will be upgrading the RAM to ddr3, that will also be beneficial.
btw, i would recommend a H67 board for the sata 6Gbs (even if you do not use it NOW) over a H61 which does not have it AFAIK.
but you say "hey in video creation . ."
most software makes use of the cuda cores on the geforce cards offloading the work on the gpu and quick sync beats everything by far.
EDIT: looks like DXRick beat me to the link punch . .