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Hello all,

With the money I am making this week (~600) doing a few jobs here and there, I am planning on upgrading a few things in my computer with about half of it.. However, I will continue upgrading afterwards, so let's assume I have around $1000 to spend over a small period of time.

What I am wondering is what would be the best price : performance deals I am getting in the following areas of my computer that need upgrading.

Motherboard:
CPU (Can the e6300 be OC'ed to a viable speed to work with the products you have suggested?):
PSU (I currently own a 250w, with the upgrades you have suggested, what would be a recommended PSU wattage?):
Sound Card:

What I will most likely be buying is an Antec 900 case along with an eVGA 8800 GT. My aims are to be able to run games like WoW, CS, and in the future SC2 with good FPS rates on high settings. Crysis is not anywhere in my agenda, so I do not want to waste hundreds of dollars on things I will probably not be using any time soon.

Any answers are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    
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You want to buy an 8800GT, but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a graphics card that's overkill? Save a bit of money on the 9600GT, you don't need a card like the 8800GT. Starcraft 2 is up in the air though, but nobody has any specs on that yet.

The E6300 is fine, and will overclock admirably. No need to change that. For the motherboard, I'd suggest the ABit IP35-E, it's a good overclocker, with great features for the price.

The case is up to you, but I wouldn't spend all that upgrade money on a high-end case like that. Better to keep something cheaper like the Cooler Master Centurion 590 or RC690 in mind instead.

Definitely pick up a nice aftermarket CPU cooler - the Freezer 7 Pro would be good.

Power supply doesn't need to be anything killer. The Corsair VX450w will be fine.
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Hmmm...I would definately look at a new power supply. The 8800GT and a 250 watt power supply may not be a good combination. I would recommend something at least 450 watts. As far as price/performance the Antec True Power Trio is a very good power supply (Probably the best made).

A oc'ed e6300 should barely be able to play all those games on high setting. But i would seriously consider upgrading it.

As for processors that give you a lot of bang for your buck, the AMD X2 5200+ is a good overclocker for not a lot of money. Also if you want to pay a little more, the Q6600 is ungodly powerfully for a decent price. (well, as far a quad core go)

As for sound card, well i personally feel it depends on what speakers you own. If you upgrade your motherboard, most new motherboards come with HD surround built in. And if you have little 5 watt computer speakers (Like half of the world has) a new sound card won't make that much difference. If you have a pretty decent set of speakers the Creative XtremeGamer and Asus Xonar is pretty good.

(P.S. A 8800GT is enough to run Crysis on all high settings)
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Hmmm...I would definately look at a new power supply. The 8800GT and a 250 watt power supply may not be a good combination. I would recommend something at least 450 watts. As far as price/performance the Antec True Power Trio is a very good power supply (Probably the best made).

A oc'ed e6300 should barely be able to play all those games on high setting. But i would seriously consider upgrading it.

As for processors that give you a lot of bang for your buck, the AMD X2 5200+ is a good overclocker for not a lot of money. Also if you want to pay a little more, the Q6600 is ungodly powerfully for a decent price. (well, as far a quad core go)
Truepower Trio the best supply on the market? Not even close. It's not even the best line made by Antec, let alone best on the market. There are dozens of units I'd highly recommend over the Truepower Trio series.

As for the E6300, you say that the X2 5200+ is a better chip? Even after reading this? The E6300 will knock the X2 5200+ on its ass, even if you crank it up to 3.0GHz. Especially considering the fact that he already has the processor, moving to the X2 5200+ makes absolutely no sense.
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Motherboard:your gonna be looking for a LGA775 board, with DDR2 slots for ram, pci-e 2.0 slots for the GPU's and a rock solid BIOS for over clocking, I suggest the ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i

CPU (Can the e6300 be OC'ed to a viable speed to work with the products you have suggested?): Yes it can most definatly, and easily.

PSU (I currently own a 250w, with the upgrades you have suggested, what would be a recommended PSU wattage?): 700+ watt psu, I'd go for a Thermaltake Toughpower 850w

Sound Card: What should be aimed for is a Creative SB X-fi series card, they are stable, well rounded, powerfull, and full of amazing features, an X-fi extreme music is a great choice, I have one.

Hope this helped +rep please hehe
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PSU (I currently own a 250w, with the upgrades you have suggested, what would be a recommended PSU wattage?): 700+ watt psu, I'd go for a Thermaltake Toughpower 850w
What's with all the weird power supply recommendations? 850w for his system is so overkill it's not even funny. He's not getting a pair of 9800GX2's and throwing a water-cooling loop in his rig, he's getting a performance-class card so he can play a few games.
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