I'm looking for tips and advice on how to upgrade my PC and where to start. Computers and their terms are pretty much Latin to me, so you'll have to excuse that
I've had the PC since Christmas of '08, and apart from changing out the stock processor for a slightly more powerful one and installing an Nvidia GTX 460, everything is the same as the day I bought (save for a new hard-drive to replace the one that self destructed).
While the PC and hardware can handle games like WoW, Minecraft, WoT, WoWs, Tera and Defiance (almost all MMO games) I want to upgrade it so it can hopefully last another 7 years and handle what ever games I may find then.
I want to start with replacing the motherboard as the OEM one is old enough to still use DDR2 ram, which it only has 8 gigs of. The motherboard I'm looking into is either:
The motherboard in it already is, according to a CPU-Z Scan that was recommended on another forum, an EG43M with an Intel P45/P43/G45/G43 Chipset (not sure what that means tbh). What's printed on the board is it's an ACER G43T-AM V2.0 if that helps.
Are there any specifics I need to look for when choosing a motherboard to replace the OEM on? Or is it more of a case of replacing the motherboard and making sure the following parts fit?
I've looked at parts that I feel will fit my needs. I'm not going for absolute high end, but not budgetary either. More middle of the ground with upgraded performance in mind. The ones I'm looking at are:
DDR3 Ram (looking at possibly going for 32GB): http://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-Ballistix-PC3-12800-240-Pin-BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00/dp/B006WAGGUK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451077813&sr=8-1&keywords=DDR3+Ram
The power supply is an FSP Group unit that says it can do 450W Maximum with a 500W Peak. This is the PSU that came with it from the factory.
Where do I start in all this jumble of numbers to begin the upgrading process to bring my computer into the modern age (or more so anyway than currently)?