Which mobo/cpu to choose on a budget?

I've been upgrading my current pc over the last few months with a few new pieces with a mobo/cpu upgrade being the last piece to the puzzle, this will be my first build/swap and need some advise.

I use this pc mostly for gaming (wow) and for some work stuff involving large spreadsheets (two monitor setup). The gaming side is the reason for upgrading as all the other things the pc is used for run fine.

What I've upgraded is:

ATI HD 4850 video card
2 gb ram (max can currently run)
OCZ 500W Stealth Xtream PS
new case fans
PCI slot duel fan card cooler

The old stuff I planned to swap over:
200 gb sata hd
16x dvd r/rw drive
case (old but ok)
currently have a p4 3.06 on a asus mobo (ie the problem)

My goal is better game performance, while I don't need the best by any means or something to brag about, I don't want to look back and say "I upgraded for this?" Budget is a factor $250 would be the top (mobo, cpu, fan, glue, shipping, etc) while $150 would make me do backflips, just doesn't seem reasonable. FYI I don't ever plan to crossfire my ati card and I don't have a problem oc'ing a bit to stay on the safe side but his pc is running nearly 24x7.

The E8400 seems like the most common choice to date for my needs but I can't seem to squeeze it in my budget

The E7300 may work

With either of these it seems it's hard to get a mobo under $120 so I'm on the edge of my budget. I was originally looking at some intel x2 combos but have been steered away from those by a few friends.

Is there any reccomendations for a mobo/cpu combo that I'm really missing out on that would fit into my performance/budget problem? BTW I've read the $500 build but feel I can do a bit better than what they used there.
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  1. ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard iv heard lot good things about this board


    And with the E8400 it comes to 248.74

    If you are from the uk i recomend checking out http://www.overclockers.co.uk/index.php
    they are very cheap.Also ship overseas

    You could get

    Asus P5Q Intel P45 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 this can be overcloked to 3ghz very easy im told
  2. Lets see if I can get close to $150

    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186147
    $65 Foxconn A78AX-S
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254
    $100 AMD 8450 Tri-Core

    Total: $165 + S&H (not counting MIR, or specials/combos)

    I'd personnaly add 4GB of ram later

    $80 (DDR2 1066 G.Skill)
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186151
    740g motherboard - 49.99 - 10 rebate + 8.97 S+H

    5400+ BE - $77 Free shipping

    sunbeam core coooler - 34.99 - 10 rebate + 8.97 S+H

    $162 + $15 SH - 20 Rebates = approx. 150

    you should easily be able to get the 5400+ to 3.2ghz just up multi
  4. A great budget motherboard for overclocking is the Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L Add an e5200 and a descent heatsink and you should be able to overclock to 3.6ghz at least and have very good performance for cheap.
  5. I agree on the GA-EP45-DS3L. You could even pair it with an E7300 and be in under budget.

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128345 $104.99 -$15.00 MIR

    Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115132 $129.99

    I would also highly advise you NOT to buy an open box motherboard like the one linked to above.
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