I am looking for a bit of advice on upgrading some of the key components to my computer. Here is the load out:
Approximate Purchase Date: Ordering online once I finalize parts. Hoping this week
Budget Range: $400-500 is my hope. Willing to go a tiny bit more if the value is there
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR mostly right now but some FPS), small to medium Visual Studio coding, surfing web
Parts Definitely Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, HDD (I can wait until another time to go SDD), power supply (Hyper Type-R 580W 2.2 ATX version), OS (Windows 7 32bit), Case (currently is Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
Parts Maybe Not Required: GFX Card (260GTX)
Parts Needed (current): mobo (GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3P Rev 2.0 LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Ultra Durable 2), processor (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66), and ram (4GB DDR2)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences by brand or type: Intel and I am partial to NVIDIA unless someone can sell me on ATI. I have had really bad experiences with their Catalyst drivers in the past.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I am thinking if I replace the mobo, processor, and ram that I can get by without replacing everything. I also can use these 3 components to beef up a different older computer my wife uses. If I can also fit the GFX card into the budget I would be really happy, but I don't think it is absolutely necessary (or possible). This one should get me another year or so.
Since you don't need OC or SLI I think you can get something you'll be super happy with. I went with an H67 MOBO from MSI that should serve you very well at the price point. You won't be able to use the front USB 3.0 ports with your case, but the back USB 3.0 ports will be available...not a big deal I would think. I've included an XFX 6870 deal at the bottom that would give you a nice performance boost and keeps you below $500.
Hope you're loving SWTOR, and have a great time with your new build.
Subtotal: $325.95 ($475.95 with the below card after MIR)
Thanks for the advice you two. With looking at the reviews of the motherboards though, most people are saying both boards don't work very well with Sandy Bridge CPU. Is there any other more safe motherboards that are a bit more expensive to fit into my build?
I also read that longer GFX cards will cover some of the SATA for the motherboards. Is there one that a 260GTX is known to fit into well?