Budget Range: $600 or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: GAMING, surfing the internet, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Mobo/Cpu, 8 gigs RAM, Cooler. I currently have a recently purchased Corsair GS600 PSU. Everything else on my old PC I can use. Have been looking at a Z77 mobo and and Intel i5-3570 (3770?) cpu unlocked quad core.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Just looking for the best price. I have used Tiger Direct with good results.
Location:Santa Barbara, CA. US
Parts Preferences: Intel cpu, mobo- any
Overclocking: yes, a little
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the line
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 AOC 2243W with a MSI GTX 460. (I know, a little slow but will work for now)
Additional Comments: Don't need bling, lights, neon, etc. I am looking for ability to upgrade and futureproofing (at least as much as possible)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current system is slow for gaming. AMD dual core athlon, M2N32 SLI deluxe mobo, 4 gigs old ram.
It's a good board. But you can get the same features by going with one of the boards listed above. No need to pay more for a comparable board.
Windows 7 isn't my particular area of expertise. Try putting your copy of win 7 in the dvd drive, set the boot priority to the dvd drive as 1st in the bios, then see if the installation process will begin. If you don't care about the info on your old HDD, you can even reformat it and delete everything off it like it was when you first received it.