I already have a 750w power supply, a nvidia GTX 460, a 250gig HD with plenty of free space, a perfectly good DVD/CD writer and a large PC case as well as all my peripherals that I would like to keep with the new motherboard and cpu.
I mainly use this PC for basic functions such as internet browsing, microsoft office functions and things like itunes but I do do some gaming as well (mainly World of Warcraft) with things like skype and a internet browser open at the same time that bog my PC down right now while only using 2gb of ram.
I have done quite a bit of looking around and have found some items that seem like quality products but as I dont use this PC for some of the latest games or any video editing I just want to make sure I am not going overboard.
I saw the motherboard was Toms Hardware approved on Newegg.
The main question I have is it worth it to purchase this level of equipment due to not only what I am going to be using my PC for but also the type equipment I already have. The way I have looked at this is that if i purchased this upgraded CPU and motherboard that if I wanted to I could upgrade my video card or SLI for better performance on other games or if I wanted to use my PC for some things more demanding.
If anyone has thoughts, comments or suggestions on CPUs and motherboards that would better fit my needs or might give a similar performance for a reduced cost please let me know.
If you are, get the 3570k and an aftermarket air cooler like a Hyper 212 EVO.
If not, get the AsRock H77 Pro4.
Otherwise its all good.
EDIT: Looking at that HDD, it might be an IDE drive and wont be compatible with any modern mobo's (with a few, very high end exceptions). Will want to check otherwise you might find yourself spending an additional $100 for a HDD.
EDIT 2: With the new mobo means you need a new OS unless you have a retail key, not OEM.
If your not overclocking, stick with your current CPU choice (the i5-3470) and get the H77 Pro4 instead of the Z77 Extreme4.
Z77 as a chipset's main advantage is that it can overclock "k" series processors. So if you are going to be putting in a locked CPU which cant overclock (like an i5-3470) you are losing out since you cant use (and have paid for) the boards full potential.
H77 is the same as Z77 except it cant overclock and is often cheaper.
Thank you very much for the detailed and easy to understand response. I dont have a lot of experience in motherboards so it was very helpful to learn why I dont need to really be spending an extra $50 or so lol.
Also thanks for confirming that my HDD is good to go.