Advice on Motherboard/cpu/ram

I need some advice on getting a new motherboard, cpu, and ram. My current motherboard, a evga 680i, is having issues with the ide/ata controller, and I would like to just replace it. I was looking through all the new stuff and figure I will go for a 1156 motherboard, I don't need the super high end, but would like mid range. The price range I am looking at is around $600, the if I can get good for cheaper, the that is great.

What I do with the computer is mainly programming, gaming, internet, etc.

So what boards would you recommend? I am not looking for super pci express, for now I will be using one card, maybe 2 in the future. For ram I would like decent speed, but not high in gbs, 4 is fine. For cpu, I would like a decent core cpu, with HT if possible.
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  1. great time for a new setup, AMD just dropped their prices a lot

    here is a good setup but it doesn't have HT

    Phenom II x4 965 BE.....145
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    AMD AM3 mobo, DDR3....170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131655

    Crucial ballistix RAM......100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148323

    total 315 USD


    or get this CPU

    Phenom II x6 BE......296

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

    total 564 USD


    and now with HT
    ASUS H55 i5 LGA 1156 mobo.......200
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131624

    i5-650.........180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115220

    and same RAM

    total: 480
  2. Not bad, But I rather not go AMD, I am more an intel man, I know, I know. And about the asus, not bad, but is that the best, this last motherboard was nice but failed after about 2.5 years, and in a way I have to replace the whole thing. What about evga again, or gigabyte.
  3. EVGA is a cheap brand so i have heard, gigabyte is also fery good,

    i choose the ASUS because it has 2 pcie x16 slots and not one x16 and a x8/4

    but yeah the i5 setup will be just as powerful, but the 965 might beat it out in multi core tasks
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