*Under $1000 Gaming PC* [USA] New Builder

I want to upgrade/rebuild my current 2009 gaming build (current parts at bottom) and reuse what I can. I have quite a bit of lag on new games. I figured I would maybe start with new video card and new ram but I don't know, what do you guys think? I am flexible on the number of components I replace.

Please ask me any questions you have.


Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $100-$200 per component

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, swtor

Parts Not Required: see below

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type name brand

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080



parts from current 2009 build:

video card (WILL REPLACE)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150277

512-P3-N860-TR GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ram (WILL REPLACE)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5


cpu (DO I NEED TO REPLACE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115036
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor



motherboard(DO I NEED TO REPLACE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128337

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard


hard drive (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148288

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive


power supply(PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply


dvd/burner (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135156

ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 14X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support


os (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493%20

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders




case (PROBABLY CAN REUSE?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&Tpk=antec%2b300

Antec Three Hundred
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  1. Usually, it's best to determine the software you are going to run (which games, in your case), and then find the hardware required to best run the software application(s).

    You many not want a "build" that runs some games wonderfully, but will not run others.

    Most high-level games will have information on their web sites, such as:

    * Minimum hardware requirements,
    * Suggested hardware,
    * Recommended hardware,
    ... etc.

    Maybe you've done this already. It's just my way of doing things, so I thought I'd toss it in.

    --- Edited by Kreelor:
    I forgot to mention that if you do replace your MB & CPU, you will more than likely have to purchase another OS. So, add that to your cost, as well.
  2. If I were in your shoes, I would replace the CPU, MB, RAM, and GPU, and reuse everything else.
  3. Agreed for you, you can keep everything besides the CPU/MB/RAM/GPU. You're fine everywhere else.

    I'd suggest doing this,
    i5 2500K + Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $253
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.805911
    Asrock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 $122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
    Sapphire 6950 2GB $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954
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