Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: in the next few weeks
Budget Range: $250-400 w/ rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/Researching
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: CPU/RAM/GPU/PSU (trying not to touch the Mobo if possible)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Parts Preferences: Not a real fanboy, except of quality
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Noise is not a factor, im mostly on a headset anyway. Nothing is OC'd atm and its a single GPU card Rig.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: System is a lil over 2 yrs old: Mostly play WoW/CoH/AoE, running them maxed out now with 25-45 fps (depending on location) just looking to get an idea of how much more i could upgrade what I have w/o yanking the Mobo.
Skip upgrading the cpu and ram; you won't gain enough by changing them. Try overclocking if you havnen't done so yet. Increase the cpu fsb by 20-25% while setting the ram at 1333 in manual mode; let the board select the ram timings. New Intel cpu and board will cost $300-350, but might get you a real performance boost. Use microcenter if you live near one. They had the 2500k oem cpu for only $140 a few days ago, and usually discount the board with combo purchase.