So I've come into some Christmas cash, and I've been thinking about taking my PC to the next level for a while now. I just wanted some advice/recommendations on what parts I should be specifically looking for.
My specs, as of now:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model EP35-DS3L
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F5, 7/16/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7600.16385"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.16 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.85 GB
Page File Space 4.00 GB
Graphics Card Manufacturer Powered by ATI
Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
Device ID 68B8
Subsystem ID 2990
Subsystem Vendor ID 1682
Graphics Bus Capability PCI Express 2.0
Maximum Bus Setting PCI Express 2.0 x16
BIOS Version 012.013.000.000
BIOS Part Number 113-HD577AZNF91-113-C01301-007
BIOS Date 2009/12/04
Memory Size 1024 MB
Memory Type GDDR5
Core Clock in MHz 850 MHz
Memory Clock in MHz 1200 MHz
Total Memory Bandwidth in GByte/s 76.8 GByte/s
The graphics card was purchased earlier this year, so I'm in no hurry to swap it (heard that there was no need to, anyway). I've been told that all I need at this point is a new CPU, preferably an i7. Problem is, I was also told my mobo wouldn't be able to house it, so that'll need to be replaced as well.
So just to make sure, I'd like your opinions on the best (but also under budget) upgrades for my PC, and if possible, the cheapest prices I can get for them.