You MUST BE 100% sure what your mtrbd. is capable of with cpu upgrades. Otherwise, this is all a mute point. Once you understand and the specs suggest what can be done, then you need to find the proper fit. As for the GPU, that is a separate item and can be upgraded, again to what your current PC can handle. In many cases the PSU has to be replaced to best handle any new power demands and/or maintain stable outputs, NOT just the peaks. These are areas of concern and shouldn't be taken for granted, know what needs to be done.
While, you provided PC details, you offered nothing in the actual mtrbd. model# or if this is an OEM system. It all matters for a better answer. Full details and you MUST know what you have in order to best upgrade your needs. I have used PC Wizard 2011(maybe 2012 now) for system details and specs, good to have pgm..
I am looking to upgrade my desktop, I currently have:
Intel Core 2 Quad CPU 2.83GHz
2 ATI Radeon graphivs cards 4800 (I think)
I was thinking I would upgrade my processor and graphics cards. I have been looking at an Intel Core i7 or i5 processor and NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card.
I can't afford a new desktop, I mainly use it for games and internet for now (add school in a couple months). I'd like to stay around $700-800 or less.
Thoughts or suggestions?