Originally Posted by GoogleIntel
Why not buy modern GPU like GTX 560 or GTX 570 ?
GTX 295 is good but it is old and lacks newer features such as DX11
Seconded. For what I can tell is the price of a GTX 295 you could get a nice GTX 560Ti (here
A GTX 570 would run you around $340, but since you don't want to go over $300 I think thats out.
For motherboards I'd go with one of these:
Z68 Gen3 Motherboard Comparison
Purchase order shouldn't matter too much, best bet is to get everything at once though.
Also, assume you're reusing your optical drive, hard drive, and case?
Otherwise you might want to add them to the list.
And if your copy of Windows is OEM you'll have to get a new copy when you get a new motherboard.
If you're not sure it should say on the license sticker, or:
Right-click on My Computer and select Properties. On General Tab, under “Registered to:” you can see a product ID (divided into 4 groups of characters separated by hyphens). On an OEM installation, the 2nd group of characters is always OEM whereas on a Retail installation, you will see numbers (such 623).
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