So I've been having computer problems for months now. I blame WoW because the problems started there, but really it probably all started with a faulty chipset fan and failing on board sound. I dealt with the sound by getting a Soundblaster X-Fi Platinum, and went without a chipset fan for a while before eventually replacing it with a generic fan that didn't really fit my board but I just stuck on the chipset with thermal tape. Obviously, the system has problems.
Anyway, the system currently has:
Mobo: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, nForce4 chipset, socket 939
CPU: AMD Athlon XP FX-53 (I forget the speed offhand)
RAM: 1GB Corsair XMS DDR RAM
Video: 2x GeForce 6800 Ultra
So at first, I was looking around (mostly on Newegg) for a new socket 939 mobo to replace my Asus. I was hoping the Asus SLI Premium would still be available, but apparently they no longer carry it. The only socket 939 mobo (for ATX cases) they carried that supported SLI was a $50 piece of crap that apparently doesn't post half the time. I don't think that's a good alternative.
Anywho, with Christmas right around the corner I thought this was as good a time as any to look to revamping the system, as all of the components are now over 2 years old. I'd like to replace my mobo, processor, and RAM (I'm hoping a SLI compatible board with the 2x GeForces will still be adequate for video) at a relatively high level for not a lot of money. Not sure if I should go AMD or Intel this time around. I'd like a quick processor, 2-4 GB of RAM, and I'd like to spend less than 1k.