Two Builds- AM3 or AM2+?

Alright so some of you might have seen my other thread where i was trying to figure out if i wanted to switch to an AMD build. To make a long story short, i think i am convinced that AMD would be better for what i need the computer to do. So now the question is whether i go with the new AM3, or the older AM2+? I will give both builds, and I would like help/suggestions on all parts (some i am pretty much sold on already though)

AM3 build:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674
PII X4 955

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366
Asus 4A78T (I really need suggestions on the mobo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227286
OCZ 4gb ddr3 1600 RAM (what about Gskill?)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
Western Digital caviar black 500 gb @ 7200 rpm

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
coolermaster haf 932

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161276
hd4890 (what about gtx 275?)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
lg dvd burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Corsair 750tx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114010
razer arctosa keyboard

I need help with the cpu cooler...

about $1090 + cpu cooler


Ok so now for the AM2+ build

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471
PII X4 940

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387
Gigabyte GA-MA790X (once again i am really not sure)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231166
G SKill 4 gb ddr2 1066

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
same HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
Same case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161276
same gpu (gtx 275?)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
same dvd burner

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
same psu

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823114010
same keyboard

still need a cpu cooler

about $990 + cpu cooler


This will be a schoolwork, daily computing, and gaming computer.

I appreciate any help you guys can give.
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  1. ddr2 is on its way out and will soon be expensive legacy stock .

    am3 + ddr3 is preferred if its in your budget
  2. Thanks. I am curious because i have had some suggest that i should go with a ddr2 quad core from amd or intel. they were trying to save me money though, which is definitely a good thing. But there is only a $100 difference in those two builds.
  3. A few months ago ddr3 was much more expensive and ddr2 made a lot more sense .

    The ddr3 you have listed is quite high voltage . Look for a deals on ram with low timings [ 7-7-7-20 is better than 8-8-8-24 ] and voltage at 1.65
    OCz has upped the voltage on that RAM to tighten the timings . Im sure you can do better .

    for gfx cards , I like the ATI CCC much better than any nVidia software I have seen .
  4. What would you suggest for me then?

    here is the link where i did the search on newegg...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010170147%20105233070%201052315794%20105243158&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&Order=REVIEWS

    that's all ddr3 RAM at 1600
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