Upgrading Gaming PC - Need some advice

Hey guys (and gals) I am in the process of figuring out what I need to upgrade my gaming PC.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: $400-500 range after rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming ONLY
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, PS (Antec True Power SLI 750W), full tower case, hard drives, video cards (I have two eVGA 9800GTX+ cards)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)
PARTS PREFERENCES: I have always been an AMD fan and would like to use an AMD CPU and ASUS mobo. DDR3 RAM
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI: Yes (I already have the cards - see above)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I really just need recommendations for an SLI mobo, CPU and RAM that can run 2 9800GTX+ video cards without bottlenecking the CPU.

All help is appreciated! Thank you.
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  1. Personally, I believe you should invest your money in a i5 platform but AMD is great for gaming and that is what you want so here we go!

    Phenom II x4 955 BE $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103674

    MSI NF750-G55 -Dual SLI- $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130235

    MSI NF980-G65 -3 way SLI- $159.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130236

    OCZ Gold AMD Edition $115.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227448

    Total: $405.97 (Dual SLI)
    $455.97 (3 way SLI)
  2. You shouldnt use an nVidia chipset with an AMD board, they have been known to be flakey. An i5 build would cost you about the same but would give you a chipset that doesnt have interesting issues.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.280597
    Slightly slower ram, but its hard to pass up a combo like that when all the parts are good. Be aware though that it might disappear shortly as its a new month.
  3. Hey guys thanks for the help. You got me thinking about the i5 now! Does ASUS make a good mobo for this platform?
  4. Question for the SLI experts here. Will my 9800 GTX cards work in a mobo that is Quad SLI, or do I need a 2/3 way SLI mobo?
  5. Alright I have read a lot of reviews and I am going to go the i5 route. Very impressive. I really like ASUS, so as long as the P7P55D Pro can run 2 9800 GTX cards I am going that route, or the P7P55D WS route, which does 3 way SLI.
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