Upgrading old Home Built PC


I built a computer about 4 (?) years ago and would like to upgrade because it is starting to fall apart. Here are the original specifications:

HDD - Western Digital 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz
Memory - 3 GB Crucial Ballistix (1 GB ea) DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400)
Motherboard - EVGA A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i
Power - Thermaltake 850W
Graphics - EVGA 8800 GT SLI
Case - Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black / Aluminum
Monitor - Samsung 22" WS Black 2ms

The real problems are with the motherboard, it is starting to fail. Also, one of my graphics cards might be dying as well.

With that said, I'd like to upgrade this build. For starters, I could probably keep the case, monitor, HDD, power, and maybe graphics card. I'd like to build a developer's PC ( with dual monitors) that has the capability to play games (Call of Duty, etc., at a reasonable level). I'd like to keep it an Intel build with a total cost of upgrades at, or less than, $1,000.

I appreciate any help or insight you might be able to provide.
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    The real problems are with the motherboard, it is starting to fail. Also, one of my graphics cards might be dying as well.

    You can definitely reuse the case, HDD CPU, optical, and PSU. As long as your PSU is fairly current you should be good. I'd definitely recommend upgrading your GPU as the 8800 is quite a bit old now and it will really be a bottleneck in GPU-intensive games like Arkham City and BF3.

    The Q6600 is quite a bit old by now so it will definitely need replacing. Here's what I would reccomend:

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128506 - $174.99
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 - $229.99
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314 - $46.99
    Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099 - $34.99
    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130621 -*OR*- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102945 - $339.99 (EVGA) or $279.99 (Sapphire)

    Price: $826.99 (EVGA), $801.94 (Sapphire)
  2. Everything g-unit says is correct and his build will give you the Top Performance atleast for 2 years.
  3. A couple follow-up questions:

    - Any reason to purchase the cooler if I don't plan on over-clocking?
    - Is there a slightly less expensive GeForce alternative (video card)?
    - PCI 3.0 - the board you mentioned doesn't support that. What are your thoughts on PCI 3.0?
    - I plan on running two monitors, one of which may be HD. Any issue with running a HD monitor and DVI monitor with that card?

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