So, I'll try to keep this short.
Due to life troubles and a recent-ish divorce, I've been poor for a long time. My current ("gaming") rig has been an Athlon 64 5200+ in an ASUS M2A-MVP motherboard and a Radeon HD 2600 for years now. Without really thinking things through I convinced my girlfriend to get me a shiny new Radeon 7790 for my birthday, but I've hit a snag: the new card doesn't work with my ancient motherboard. (I thought it was a bad card (computer won't POST), returned the first one, and the replacement has the same problem, so I'm thinking my ancient MoBo can't handle a PCI 3 card.) So, I think it might be time for a major overhaul.
My PSU is a brand new Thermaltake TR2 700W. And hard drives and DVD drive will transfer.
Things that I must
replace are motherboard, processor, and RAM.
Things that I would like to replace if there's an awesome combo deal out there: HDD upgrade to SSD would be great, new case would be good.
I primarily use my machine for gaming and web surfing. I'm not particularly partial to AMD or Intel. My ideal budget would be $150, but I'd consider it a miracle if I could replace MoBo, CPU and RAM for that. If I have to come up with another $100 on top of that, I should be able to. Obviously I'm not looking to be on the cutting edge of hardware here; I've been on ancient stuff so long anything will be an improvement. I'd like to play Skyrim and BioShock Infinite with decent quality.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice!