My PC recently stopped booting into Windows XP, something a quick format would fix, but I thought that this would be a good time to make a few upgrades to the PC while im at it. So what I want to do it change the case, I don't like the small Raidmax Scorpio case I have. I am also going to add a decent heatsink, which couldn't be done unless I took out the whole motherboard anyways, and I think I want to buy a 2GB set of high end ram. I have also been toying with the idea of getting a new Socket 939 chip, and motherboard, (I have a Socket 754 Chip and Board, I know, its outdated) because me and a friend host an online game on his slow P4 2.4GHZ system, and we want a system dedicated to hosing the game, so it won't be slowed by his own personal use. If I do get a 939 chip it will probably get the exact same chip, possibly a 3400+ or 3500+, I don't have the money to go in the FX Series or 4000+. Also if I do get a 939 chip I will finally be able to run my ram in Dual Channel, which would be nice. Of course that always leaves the option of PCI-E, and I don't think im ready to shell out $500-$600 for a new high-end video card just yet. Mine runs perfectly fine for any game out right now, I haven't had to put a game on low video settings, yet.....
So here are my questions:
I need some case recommendations. I want a full tower case that has a window, but I don't want a door on the front. I don't like having to push the Creative front panel drive in a half an inch to make the door close, because the volume knobs get in the way.
Also, could you recommend some AGP socket 939 Mobos, as well as a 2x1GB set of Ram.
As far as a budget goes, im not completely sure yet, but if you could, just give me the prices for the best of the best, and the one step down.
Anyways, thanks for the help in advance.
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe
Intel Core i7 2600k
16GB DDR3 G-Skill Ripjaws
1TB 7200 Segagte Drive
eVGA GeForce 570
Samsung Blu-Ray Drive
Antec 850 Watt PSU
Windows 7 Professional