I have been living in a cave somewhere for sometime now and I decided to finally upgrade my system to catch up just a little bit. I bought my computer around 2004 and have never done anything to it ever since. I have a HP Media Center m1070n and I am planning to switch up the mobo, GPU, PSU, CPU and leave the rest as it is. Please keep in my that I am a student on a very tight budget. Literally, im not supposed to spend anything. Lol.
Approximate Purchase Date: Month of January 2012
Budget Range: $300-$450 (450 is my max)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter and newegg.com
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Maybe in the future (but prefer stock since im not good with computer stuffs)
I have 2 builds that im deciding on. I'm mostly going to use this system for Gaming, Medium to High settings with games like WoW, HoN, Skyrim, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3. Also, I would love to have a system that can play HD movies/videos and can run AutoCAD.
Here's what im planning: 2 Diff Mobos/CPU. Same GPU/PSU/MEM
with the i5-2400 build, I will have to pay around $380 after tax comparing to i5-2500k build which is around $426.25 after tax. Also, would it benefit me if I switch to a cheaper video card like Power Color Radeon HD 5570 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) for $54? I am basically basing the video card of Diablo 3 Supported/Unsupported GPU. Would the $20 in GPU and $45 in CPU make a difference? Will this build last me 4-5 years?
I know HP tatooed their mobo and since im buying a new once, do I have to buy a new system for it?
Thanks for the reply. How about changing my Graphics to 8800GTX? It will save me $50. Isn't 8800 the same as 9800? will that be better than 6770 saving $50? Also can I get more info about the $40 off mobo with purchase of a CPU at microcenter? I live right next to it so I guess it will save me alot buying there.