Hello all. I am considering upgrading my motherboard and my processor. I am a gamer and I look to maximize as much as possible with my budget. I really don't want to spend more than $350. I am set on intel processors and Asus or Gigabyte boards. I currently run with a Q8400 and a GTX 560ti (which I plan on SLI'ing at a later point). I just purchased a XION AXP-700K14XE 700W ATX SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) so I don't think power will be an issue.
You would get quite a significant performance boost going from your current rig to an i5 platform. I would highly recommend the ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 along with the i5 3570k. It'll run you aorund ~$350 and will give you the option to overclock in the future