[Solved] Upgrade Advice

Hi all,

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=N82E16811166004)

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

Country: US

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.

Overclocking: No

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.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - $189.99
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157234 - $85.99
    ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314 - $43.99
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948 - $164.99 - $20MIR
    SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Total: $484.96 - $20MIR

    *edit: oops i missed the no oc/sli part. let me change the build.
  2. 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)

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007

    CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
    Item #: N82E16820233192

    MSI H67A-G43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130616
    -$12.00 Instant

    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
    Item #: N82E16819115074

    and Tiger Direct has a pretty great deal on a XFX 6870 card w/Deus Ex:HR, Dirt 3, and Shogun 2 and FREE shipping until 12/25:


    List Price: $179.99
    Instant Savings: - $10.00
    Price: $169.99
    Less Rebate: - $20.00
    Final Price: $149.99*
  3. 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?
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