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
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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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.