First off, while I'm capable of troubleshooting issues and poking around (and am pretty confident I won't break anything), I'm pretty much brain dead when it comes to specs and technical stuff.
With that said, I'm looking to replace a motherboard with another of the same form factor, so that I don't have to to completely buy a new case, etc. So you have an idea of my needs, I'll be using the system as a media center AND to play games.
It gets the job done (I watch movies on it, I play current games on it using another date piece of hardware, a GeFORCE 8800), but I'm looking to upgrade. I'd preferably like to be spending under $200 (maybe even significantly less), and something that actually already came with a CPU installed would probably make my life REALLY easy.
I've poked around online to try to wrap my head around what I might want, but I'm completely overwhelmed. Any suggestions or a push in the right direction would be greatly appreciated!