Need Advice to upgrade an Intel Core2Quad 8200 machine...

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week or next

Budget Range: 200-300 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
gaming (Guild Wars 2 [cpu throttled], etc), adobe suite, some office work

Are you buying a monitor:
No, currently have a Yamakasi 27" IPS 2560x1440, 23" Samsung 1920x1080, and an old HP knock off 1600x900

Parts to Upgrade: Need a new CPU (and Motherboard, I assume?, and subsequently new RAM?) Currently have this:PSU.

Do you need to buy OS: No, have enterprise Win 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, but can use Newegg if they have best deal

Location: Birmingham, AL

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (would like to, actually, but currently just have an ATI reference HD5870, suggestions welcome)

Your Monitor Resolution: See monitor list above

Additional Comments: I don't power game, but I do want to play most of the new stuff as it comes out. I play mostly Guild Wars 2 (cpu throttled), COD games, Skyrim, etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: CPU is throttling my system. It's at least 4 years old. I would like to avoid outright buying a new system, if possible, though I'm open to it if it makes sense.
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    In your budget range, use craiglist first for used stuff; some is even unopened; owner may have changed his/her mind; ask for a copy of the receipt.

    Here's one combo that's barely affordable: $195 $62 $34

    Total: about $291
  2. How hard is it to replace the motherboard\cpu? Should I invest in a new gaming-specific case?
  3. I don't think you have the budget for a meaningful upgrade.
  4. twelve25 said:
    I don't think you have the budget for a meaningful upgrade.

    To make a meaningful upgrade, what am I looking at? Or am I looking at basically a whole new system to see a difference?
  5. You'd want at least an i5, I think. That means new motherboard and DDR3 RAM. So you could upgrade those for now for about $300 as shown above. But I think that upgrading those is just going to make old hard drives and your graphics card feel older and you'll end up wanting to replace those soon.
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