System Upgrade: Mobo, VC, CPU, RAM

Hello I am seeking some advice or useful information to consider with respect to a partial system build.

I currently am running a socket 939 system (3800x2) and am looking to replace the motherboard, video card, ram, and cpu.

My purpose for the system is to do gaming and everyday computing tasks. I would rather have a good system for a great price than a system that is a little faster but for a far greater price.

The parts that I am interested in using are: Athlon II X3 435
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103724

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157176

The video card I am thinking about a 5770 1Gb and am not sure about the brand or model (too much choice)

The ram: I heard good things about GSkill but was thinking of Kingston.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134718


My power supply is like 5 years old. Has Molex and is 550 Watt Cooler Master
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/stress-test,1073-13.html
I am planning on upgrading my PSU when I try for Crossfire. I was thinking of upgrading my motherboard in 2 years (3 at most) and doing crossfire with two 5770`s Not sure if that is a dumb idea or not.

So ya any comments that can be made are appreciated
Thank you.
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  1. If you plan on crossfiring 2 5770s u should just go ahead and get a 5850 because it has about the performance of 2 5770s and it uses less power being only one card. besides some games use only 1 gpu, for instance gta iv
  2. Actually, I don't have a problem with your choice of video card, but I'd get a different motherboard. The 770 based board you're looking at runs 1 slot at X16 and the other at X4. You'd get better Crossfire results with a dual X8 or dual X16 board.
  3. yeah i agree with iggybeans on the board if you realy want to crossfire, but i stil think 5850 would be best way to go
  4. dominnater said:
    If you plan on crossfiring 2 5770s u should just go ahead and get a 5850 because it has about the performance of 2 5770s and it uses less power being only one card. besides some games use only 1 gpu, for instance gta iv


    Two 5770s in CF perform about as well as a 5870.

    bpladirector, are you saying you plan to upgrade your mobo now and again in 2-3 years? I don't see the point. Get an 890GX board now, and forget upgrading your mobo for at least another 5 years. It'll cost probably twice as much as the 770 board, but you'll appreciate the investment, because in the end it'll cost less. Just make sure the mobo you get now has 2 (or more) PCIE 2.0 x8/x16 lanes.
    That CM PSU might be able to support CF 5770s, but upgrading would be a good idea.
    Any of these 5770's would be fine, though personally I would avoid the reference-based models (the boxy ones with the fan at the end of the shroud). Make your decision based on price, warranty (XFX offers double-lifetime), and features (consider heatsink + fan).
    G Skill offers better value. Kingston RAM is usually very OC-able, but if you're not into heavy OCing, go with a G Skill set.
  5. Agree with blackjellognomes (interesting name but your picture kinda freaks me out).

    If you are going to crossfire, you can't use the motherboard you listed. It only supports one. Grab a 890GX motherboard since it will be more futureproof.

    Athlon x3 435/Gigabyte 890GX USB3 - 213.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.353224

    Plus if you are going to buy from newegg.ca then watch for the COMBOS!

    What's your budget on all this?
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