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Out of the game for a while... Small upgrade?

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Hi there. The last time I really had a look at building a computer was way back in the summer of 2007 when I built my first computer.

Since then, I've been using all of the hardware listed in my System Information. I feel like it's about time to replace some of the parts. My plan is to do this in stages. For this first month, I'm on a budget - a strict budget of $400-500, before shipping, this month (April).

At this point, it's looking like I'll only be able to fit a new processor/mobo or a GPU into the budget (possibly with some DDR3 in there). Unfortunately for me, I'm lazy and haven't been keeping up with technology as it has advanced. On top of that, despite the thought I put into the components of my 2007 build, I didn't know much about it and its future.

So where I'm torn is deciding what portion of my computer to upgrade. A couple of my SATA jacks are going bad, and I feel like the 8800GTS is still working really well with what I use it for (Aion, SC2), so I'm leaning toward a new motherboard/CPU set. Would you guys agree?

I'm looking to go midrange-ish. I'm not really obsessed with performance... but I'd like to be able to do the things I already do... considerably faster. I noticed a HUGE difference in rendering time (video editing) between my desktop and my little Core i5 laptop (nearly 4x faster) when I got it, and that's what really piqued my interest in upgrading.

So what I really need to know is where I should consider putting my money. I'm mainly considering using Newegg, but that's only because I've done all my previous purchases through them, without any issues. I'm not at all concerned about any performance differences between the various Intel sockets. I don't intend to do SLI. I have reasonable experience overclocking on my 965p, but I don't bother to anymore. I don't know anything about motherboard brands these days. It seems I get different opinions from everyone I talk to. Although my budget extends up to $500, I'd like to keep prices as low as possible.

With that said, here are the two components I'm looking at as a starting point:
Core i7-870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115213
Gigabyte GA-H55-USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128437

No thought put into this at all. I chose Gigabyte only because I'm somewhat familiar with their boards through my experience with the DS3. There's no other reason, and I won't be butthurt if someone suggests a different brand. Only went with i7 because the number is bigger. Not sure what kind of competition the newer i5 CPUs put up.

So... who wants to help me make up my mind? Think like this: I want something better than what I have for $400-500, and I don't care if it isn't "great"

Thanks, by the way.
Edited by Fkyx - 3/22/11 at 10:24pm
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New sandybridges are out and are really amazing. I'd pick up the i5-2500K and a P67 intel LGA 1155 mobo.
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Yeah skip the 8xx 9xx i7's and go to the 2xxxk series
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Sounds good. I like the price-point on the i5's. It will leave me some room for some new RAM, and a new CPU cooler if I decide to overclock.

What's the news on MSI these days? I have on friend who has has a horrible experience with them, and others who haven't. Most of the lower-priced motherboards on Newegg differ only in a few features, so I guess, in a sense, it's up to manufacturer reliability.

EDIT: Seems like the Asus P8P67 series is the way to go. How does this one look?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131705
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

EDIT2: A little bit of reading up on P67 and H67 has led me to believe I could also look into H67 chipset motherboards as an option - possible future overclocking in mind, if I'm using a CPU with unlocked multipliers (i5-2500k). Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Edited by Fkyx - 3/22/11 at 11:56pm
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