CPU/Mobo Upgrade

It's almost time for me to upgrade my CPU/Mobo and memory. I currently have:

Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 Ghz
4GB DDR2 800mhz Ram
(NEW)Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
Gigabyte G31M-ES2L MB
750W PSU

I was thinking maybe since I am on a 300$ budget maybe a nice AMD with a decent motherboard or something. Help guys. Thanks My budget is around 350$ max for CPU/MOBO and maybe some memory.
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  1. Since you already have some RAM, I can definately recommend an AM3 AMD processor on an AM3/AM2+/AM2 motherboard.

    AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition Processor

    MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 Motherboard

    Asus M4A77D AM3/AM2+/AM2 Motherboard

    Or, if you want DDR3 Memory for the added future-proofness,

    AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition Processor

    MSI 770-G45 AM3 Motherboard

    Asus M4A77TD AM3 Motherboard

    G.Skill DDR3-1333, CL8

    DDR3-Based System: $350.97 For Asus, $345.97 For MSI
    DDR2-Based System: $259.98 For Asus, $269.98 For MSI

    I'm pretty sure none of what I suggested can support CrossFire, but at this price range, it's basically impossible to find, plus you really don't need it with an HD 5870.

    Any thoughts?
  2. yeah those aren't bad
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