Mobo fried - Upgrading

mobo fried on one of my friends PCs. told them to just upgrade the processor, mobo, and ram instead of getting a new computer

it is an alienware, but figured just start making it custom than deal with them

AURORA ALIENWARE ATX DESKTOP CHASSIS
ASUS A8N-SLI N-FORCE 4 SLI REV.1.02 MB
ATHLON 64 3500 E 512KB CACHE 939-PIN
PDP 512MB DDR PC3200LL
LITE-ON 16X DVD-ROM REV.4
SAMSUNG SPINPOINT 160GB SATA 3G NCQ
ASUS A8N-SLI REALTEK ALC850 ON-BOARD AUDIO
EVGA NVIDIA GEFORCE 7600 GT 256MB PCIE
ALIENGUISE INVADER
VANTEC 92MM STEALTH CHASSIS FAN
VANTEC 120MM STEALTH CHASSIS FAN
ALIENWARE ACOUSTIC PADDING FOR MID-TOWER
AMD FX57 DUAL CORE HSF CL-
650 WATT ATX2.0 24P PSU W/ ACTIVE PFC
GFX CK03-1225 DUAL SLOT CARD KEEPER


they have a different video card (asus 9800gtx+) that will be used in the new system. price range is between 400-600 for ram, cpu, and mobo. they play some games sc2, warhammer, etc (nothing that requires sli/crossfire. other than that the computer is used for web browsing and other daily activities nothing special.

any help would be good. I was thinking an i5, but wasn't sure which motherboard. also not sure if an AMD chip would suffice and can actually save money. appreicate any input.
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  1. For gaming and stuff he can get away with this:

    GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443
    AMD Phenom II X4 955
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    $366.97

    And keep the money for his next video card.
  2. appreciate the help. any other suggestions?

    one thing I read the review on new egg about the RAM is not meant for AMD systems and even a G Skill rep noted it was designed for intel machines.

    would this RAM be ok?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146740&cm_re=mushkin_enhanced_silverline-_-20-146-740-_-Product

    or can you maybe suggest another set of RAM?
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