Thinking about upgrading...

Games, Gaming and Hardware
Well my PC is old. Very old like 5 years old. I've done some small upgrades with it such as adding 2 gigs of ram, adding a new graphics card(cause the old one died), and adding harddrives. Even went from Vista to 7.

The thing is everything else is dated. Well the graphics card is crap too. So I was thinking I can go 2 routes. First is buy a new computer entirely, or buy certain parts. I would essentially replace everything except the modem(this thing has a wireless bluetooth device which makes connecting to the internet wireless free), power supply(I believe it's a 550w), tower(it's pretty big and I could fit whatever I want in it), soundcard, harddrives(I want to keep Win7 plus all the near terabytes of information I have collected over the years), and the Bluray/HDDVD(yes this is how old this thing is)burner disc drive it has.
This leaves me looking at a new motherboard that can run a modern CPU, graphics card, and ram.

The current processor is a Q9450 2.66z intel core 2 quad.
The graphics card is a Radeon 6670 HD(the original was a 8800 GTX but it died on me)
I have 6 gigs of ram. Nothing special so its probably all DDR2 crap.

My other option is just go computer shopping. Find something in the 700-900 dollar range just for the tower, but I feel as though since I already have a lot of pieces that can be transfered over to a more modern motherboard that can run a better processor I would be wasting money and I could get better core parts for the same price.
Well, I did some shopping and this is what I got.

($114.99) HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
($99.99) MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
($54.99) G.SKILL
Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL
($199.99) Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637I53450

20 dollars under 500 with room for upgrading. Things were cheaper than I thought.
Yeah that's not bad. I probably would've gotten a cheaper board and a notch up video card, but you should be able to run WoW on ultra details with that, with the exception of ultra shadows, and don't max anti-aliasing.

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