System showing wear, proposed upgrades...

Hey all. My system is showing it's age, and I'm planning on an upgrade. It is primarily used for gaming and programming:

Current Specs:
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Mobo: GB 965P-DS3
RAM: 2x512 MB DDR2 Corsair 400 MHz
CPU: Intel Core 2 Due E6300
Video: ATI Radeon HD 5670

Considered upgrade:
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Mobo: MSI 790FX-GD70
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955
Video: (keep it the same)

I need to keep the whole package to <= $400 max.

Just buying one stick of 4 GB RAM because I plan on upgrading to 16 GB later. I'd like to have Crossfire support as well, though not mandatory.

Any suggestions would be appreciated, let me know what you think.
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  1. Not upgrading the GPU dont make any sense for gaming purpose.

    CPU+MOBO: AMD Phenom II X4 955 B.E 3.2GHz + GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.564586
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (54$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231274
    GPU: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 (134$ - 105$ MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338

    Total: 402$ (373$ after MIR)

    If crossfire is desired then following combo deal.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.564532

    You dont need 16GB ram at least for next 2-3 years. Gaming still only requires 4GB while heavy video editing software's needs around 8GB.

    Which PSU do u have rite now?
  2. My current PSU is a 550W Rosewill AP-600X.

    The reason I didn't want to upgrade the graphics card is mainly because the current one I just got about 6 months ago. While the benchmark differences between the 5670 and the 5770 are alluring, I think I'd rather just dump the extra money into a nicer mobo and upgrade the video card later.

    Oh yea, my case type is E-ATX.
  3. hmm then i suggest to get the Combo i listed for crossfire and the same Ram. Total will be about 368$. Later on u can add a decent mid level GPU and have the option to add yet another one to make it crossfire. Though for crossfire u will need a better PSU as well.
  4. mianmars said:
    hmm then i suggest to get the Combo i listed for crossfire and the same Ram. Total will be about 368$. Later on u can add a decent mid level GPU and have the option to add yet another one to make it crossfire. Though for crossfire u will need a better PSU as well.


    Thanks for the heads up as well as the advice =)
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