Country: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel LGA 1155 Asus mobo Z68 or P67. Asus would be my first pick, but just want a good board with 3.0 usb x2 atleast and on board sound. Amazed I don't see too many PCIe 3.0.
Core i5 2500K 3.3 Ghz($179.99), **for price this would probably be my choice I tend to use computers 3 to 4 years with minor upgrades as needed**
Core i7 2600 3.4 Ghz ($249.99),
Core i7 2600k 3.4 Ghz ($279.99),
Corsair, Patriot, Kingston **really don't care; prefer good brand with performance timings but will skimp, not sure if 4 GB (2x2GB) dual or 8 GB (2x4 or 4x2) is recommended on the new CPUs and boards Currently on 4 GBs (2x2) am happy enough I suppose.
SLI: Yes / Maybe I have 2 EVGA Geforce GTX 260s, This is something I really can't afford to put money into a mainstream or high end card at the moment; stuck with them to stay preferably under budget.
I would stick with your (2) 260's until the next gen graphics cards come out. The cost/performance outcome for upgrading from what you have just is not there and it would eat up all your budget.
FYI Microcenter will also give you (instant)$50 off any motherboard with purchase of an I5 or I7 series processor. Really makes it a no brainer to get those two components from that store.
Last week I picked up an i5-2500k and a ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard all for $357(including tax).
Also picked up 16gig G.Skill Ripsaw DDR3-1600 memory from newegg for $65. Was a shell shocker deal 2 weeks ago.
To keep you in budget.. I say.
$179 - i5-2500k (miocrocenter)
$69 - P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard (Reg. $119 @ Microcenter)
$44 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (Newegg.com)
$292 Total - You could always splurge more on a better mobo or buy something else to round out your rig.
I love newegg.com, but dang microcenter is undercutting them big time if you have one near you. They also match their own online prices. Hint hint Walmart cough match your own stupid prices lol.
Now I just need to sell my useless ddr2 ram. Naw I'll build a workstation for my fiancé out of my old mobo and a spare low end nvidia card or 8600 or 9xxx series if I still have it, and put it in a old tower I have.
Sorry I have to give props to cryosis00, but thanks to every one.
I've had a Q6600 close to 5 years. The only upgrades I've done were vid cards and replacement hard drives and a corsair 850w I killed with a poor ventilated tower case. One evga card failed under warranty due to the same poor ventilation I'm sure which died just under the 12 month warranty which was replaced by evga. Spent $365 now and bought a super sale on a Samsung (really good monitor) only cause my 12 to 15 year old CRT monitor died last week. Try that with a small console box that's obsolete every two years which can't do your homework or Essay you have due, and doesn't have a mouse with games that don't port well to a PC. Shrug