Update: No major changes, mostly some prices going $5~$10 up or down. The biggest change lately was the Geforce GTX470 going down to $300.
that thing was a beast in it's day!
Actually, $32 though...Not to good. You could probably find a whole computer with a Pentium 200 for less than that if you looked around.
Well, I'm also planning to upgrade, but it's my CPU. Currently I have a Phenom II X2 550 (dual-core, 3.1GHz), planning on getting maybe a Phenom II X4 955 (quad-core, 3.2GHz), or a Phenom II X6 1055T (six-core, 2.8GHz), or a Phenom II X6 1075T (six-core, 3.0GHz).
Well, the X6 1075T isn't released yet, and no idea if my motherboard will support it. It took Asus 3 months just to add support for the X6 1055T and 1090T for my board, doubt it'll support the 1075T anytime soon after its release. :<
For your GPU upgrade, I suggest the Geforce GTX460 1GB version. While the GF100 based cards are somewhat disappointing (GTX480 and GTX470 have high power consumption and high temperatures, GTX465 performance isn't high enough), the GF104 based card is actually quite good, the GTX460 (mainly the 1GB version, which has more render output units and a bigger memory bus width than the 768MB version). The 1GB version surpasses the performance of the HD5830, sometimes even matching the HD5850.
Anyway, time for me to check newegg, see if there's any worthy update to the list. ^^
EDIT: Update done.
- Added the Pentium E6500, Athlon II X2 255, Athlon II X3 445 and Athlon II X4 640.
- Core i3 530 went up from $110 to $115.
- Geforce GT240 GDDR5 price got down to just $65, 9800GT went up again to $90, lowest special price for the GTX470 went down to $290.
- Added the Radeon HD5550 and HD5670.
- Radeon HD4670 price went up, so as the HD4850 price, but those now only have the 1GB versions.
- Radeon HD5850 price went down to $280 and HD5970 went down to $650.
It's funny though that the current Core i7 CPUs are distant relatives of the Pentium Pro (P6 microarchitecture). :>
The first generations of P6 based processors were the Pentium Pro, Pentium II and Pentium III.
Then there was a Successor to the P6, Netburst (Pentium IV and the later dual core version, Pentium D). But since it was too hot and less efficient than the previous P6 microarchitecture, the P6 was revived and improved to be used on notebooks, with the Pentium M CPU.
This microarchitecture used on notebooks then evolved into the Core microarchitecture, first with the experimental notebook only CPU, Core Duo, an improved Pentium M with 2 cores, and then, since the Core Duo was better than the Netburst based dual cores, it got further improvements and resulted in the Core 2 Duo, which was released not only on notebooks, but also desktops and servers.
A couple years ago it further evolved into the Core microarchitecture successor, the Nehalem microarchitecture (Core i7).
Basically it was:
Pentium Pro -> Pentium II -> Pentium III -> Pentium M -> Core Duo -> Core 2 -> Core i7