Tell a newbie what to upgrade first

sdf1234567

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I made my first build back in 2009 for about 700$ (woo newegg deals) with the idea being that I would come back to the thing every 2-3 years to keep it "current" for my needs. My desktop is my main computer (I have a *** old toshiba satellite that I use if I need to type things away from home) and I use it for all things office related as well as gaming. I wouldn't describe myself as a super heavy gamer, but I do enjoy running games on super high settings because I enjoy shiny things on my monitor. I'm a big fan of RPGs and RTSs, with the occasional shooter thrown in (read; Left 4 Dead).

ANYWAY, I'm looking to upgrade. My biggest areas of concern are the graphics card and the processor/maybe motherboard. It seems that processors are trending towards quad core, and while there seem to be a few quad core processors for the LGA 775 socket I'm wondering if it would make more sense to replace the motherboard and and the processor, as I plan to keep upgrading this build throughout the years? Any advice/comments would be greatly appreciated.

oh! as far as price is concerned for these components I am fine staying in whatever the current "sweet spot" is, I don't really have a need for super tricked out hardware.


case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359

processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206

memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227289&cm_re=PC2-8500_1066MHz_DDR2_4GB-_-20-227-289-_-Product

graphics card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130312

PSU (whups)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

monitor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009127

hard drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

thanks for your help!
 

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foverosiv

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For more gaming abilities: upgrade your graphics card

for a faster everything : upgrade motherboard to Z68 and CPU to a sandy bridge(i5-2500K should be more than awesome for a cheap price)

also, moar RAM. ( and some french toast with ham )

PS. I just realized RAM rhymes with ham

 

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jackspeed

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eventually you will need both a new processor and a new gpu. for rts games and some rpgs (dragon age) they seem to be a little more cpu oriented so Foverosiv's suggestion might be the best one and upgrade gpu in a year ish or do it now. but if you have a microcenter near by you can save $40 off the processor and get a different mobo and save another 40.
I would go for this ram to save money http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311 save 17

as for a gpu I would suggest a lower end one maybe about 150 either the gtx460 or the 6850.
Edit sorry for the typo on the amd gpu
 

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TBH your current CPU will be able to handle a new GPU, and with a little OC it shouldn't bottleneck much, i think a GPU upgrade (and if you feel the need after getting the new GPU then a new CPU+mobo+RAM+reinstallOS).

thats why i was saying of trying just a GPU upgrade first.

so this is what i would reccommend:

AMD 6870: $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

and a CPU cooler to allow you to overclock. this would be a great option: $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134