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Sorry if this isn't the best place to put this but none of the other categories quite fit. I've built many computers, usually out of spare parts that are quite old. I'm fairly familiar with newer components but could use some help.

My current rig:

Mobo: NFORCE 570 SLIT-A
GPU: EVGA 9800GTX+
CPU: Intel Pentium D 3.4ghz Dual Core
RAM: 3GB DDR2
PSU: Vortec 650W
HDD: 2x250GB 1x500GB SATA drives
OS: Windows 7 32bit

So I built this a few years ago and it was wonderful, but now i'm noticing it's not keeping up well enough. I've looked into some parts and want to replace the mobo because that's mainly holding me back. I want to go with this build:

Mobo: ECS H61H2-M2(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155
CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core
RAM: 8GB DDR3-1333

I'll keep the drives and the PSU. I'll switch to Win 7 64bit and keep the card until I can afford the upgrade. I'm mainly going with this build because it seems like a good upgrade and is under $200. If you think something would be better let me know. MAINLY I'm looking to see what GPU i should upgrade to. I was looking at the GTX 650 but it seems like it didn't get very good reviews. Ideally I'm looking for a card between $100-$200 at the max (around 150 would be ideal) Thanks for the help!
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Get a newer mobo like this B75 Gigabyte

As for a GPU, I'm guessing you have an older monitor which is 1080p max. If so, you can get good performance with the following:
Nvidia 650Ti
Overclocked AMD 7770.

Here's how they perform:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680?vs=536
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I'll check the card out. As for the board,

As for the Mobo, I can't see spending the extra money to have that extra slot. Ideally i'd love to be able to do SLI or crossfire in the future, but the budget is tight and I don't see that changing any time soon. Also, a max of 16gb is more than I'll ever need let alone the 32gb of the board you suggested.

I have two monitors that I switch between, one is just a 18inch (i think) old LCD monitor. The other is my television which is a 22inch HDTV it has VGA and HDMI input. Can't remember if it's 1080 or 720 offhand.
post #4 of 8
If budget is tight, do not think about going for Crossfire/SLI. Just get a single graphics card.
post #5 of 8
For under $200...

CPU/MOBO/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1098444
-Comes with a free 2x4GB RAM kit-

That chip will have more combined available compute throughput than a sandy bridge i3 in parallel workloads, and this way you get a full featured motherboard and 1600 speed RAM. Software has been steadily moving in the direction of supporting the ever increasing parallelism in hardware and this approach is, IMO, better for someone who is looking at the "long haul" with a build (as you seem to have done with the previous rig).
     
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post #6 of 8
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@Riou - Yea, that's what I'm thinking. Whatever money I save on the mobo/cpu/ram is going to dictate what video card i'm able to afford because that will go toward the gpu.

@mdocod - That's not a bad combo, i'll have to see if it's still going on once i've pulled together the funds. As I said before any money i save on these 3 things goes right to the GPU fund.
post #7 of 8
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the performance boost moving to a new CPU/MOBO/RAM and just using the 9800GTX+ for awhile. If you can get by without DX11 support it's actually a respectable card, with performance in pre-DX11 titles very close to a GTS450/HD5750.
     
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post #8 of 8
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That was my thought. I figured if i blew my budget on the mobo/cpu/ram that my gpu is still pretty decent and should tide me over until i can save up enough for a real upgrade.
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