I was going to buy the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970, was wondering if that's a worth using board, I am big into ASUS, I have always used their products they seem stable. I am buying piece for piece now, but I am trying to build a good enough rig for BF3.
I am however running a GTS 450 by PNY and plan to switch to a GTX of higher model possibly a 560 Ti, I know a computer company down the road that buys newer hardware and what ever I get from that it will go towards a better card.
I plan to upgrade the M5A97's cpu but can seem to choose between Phenom or Athlon.
Never buy any comp piecemeal. You may change your mind later or find a better deal and get stuck with leftover parts. It's much better to save until you can purchase the cpu/board/ram all at once. Dec-Jan is a good time to purchase.
Tbqh, an no rudeness involved here, I know its hard to understand the tones of most people through text, but as a comforted reply, I don't mind buying piece by piece, I am ok with this, I have been doing it for years. The A8N board I posted was a piece by piece board and I have had it for 7 years now, the only game I used it for was wow, so the build was a decent speed for what I was looking for. I also just had a little girl so I try to save in between purchases to make sure I have something left over.
I can assure you that I won't be upgrading for a while, besides, with the AM3/AM3+ technology, will be persistent for quite a while as told by many techs, so it won't hurt a bit to stick with the selected few.