Thanks so much for the reply!
I could increase my budget, but that means I would be upgrading later rather than sooner. I'm too impatient e_e.
"You could fit an Intel quad core with a decent motherboard and 8GB or RAM within a $400 budget (though it's cutting it close) but that wouldn't leave room for anything else unless you got a cheaper H67/H61 motherboard that doesn't support overclocking."
What do you mean by "that wouldn't leave room for anything else" exactly? I'm a rather casual PC user and I don't know much about overclocking.
"...or getting an Intel quad core that can't overclock and getting a cheap H61/H67 motherboard so you can fit in a cheap case and peripherals"
Mmmm, cheap. ;p
I would like to pickup some games I missed out on because of my crappy PC, like the Witcher 2 and BF3. I understand that with my budget, I wouldn't be able to max out those games, but running them with average performance and medium settings still sounds dreamy.
May I request some recommendations for a decent budget GPU to replace my old 9600GT? Doesn't need to be limited by my 500W PSU as I would replace that as well (would appreciate a recommendation on that too!)
Sorry for all the extra questions! Thanks again for the help!