Cpu and motherboard combo gaming

Looking for information on turning my rig into a more gaming oriented box. The last thing I have left to upgrade is my mobo and cpu. I have had my eye on this combo pack from newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.638700

Seems to me it has more than what I need to get my computer in great shape for gaming, just wanted a second opionon from "the powers that be". The last thing on the list after doing my mobo and cpu would be upgrading to 64bit Win7

Current Specs:
Intel mobo w/ intel core 2 duo 2.8ghz
ATI RadeonHD 4000 series 1gb
700w power
Rocketfish CPU cooling tower
Thermaltake SopranoRS101 case
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  1. lol thats heavy hardware dude ! too solid ! you can have quad crossfirex with that mobo and 6 six core cpu LOL. If you want to game, go less heavy monster with cpu and mobo ( or keep the mobo ), You cold get an AMD Phenom II X4 980 3.7 Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6Ghz, the frequencies are high enough, so you can let them in that way or yet do heavy overclock. Also is well known that you can get better perfomance in games with 4 cores than 6, (look at the reviews). the mobo msi has nice PCB layout with pci-ex that is cool.
  2. If you want AMD better get this mobo with the new AM3+ socket:
    And get a Phenom II X4 like Pez said.
  3. Thanks for the imput guys, I ended up going with the following...

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0330615 for mobo (i like the integrated card, just in case I fry another video card I have SOMETHING for a backup)

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0334811 for the processor.

    As this was my first major computer upgrade, it took me about two days to get it all worked out and stable, but I finally got everything up and running, and the difference is amazing!

    Next part will be upgrading to 64 bit, and getting a crossfire setup.
  4. The Phenom II x4 980 black edition is faster than x6 1100t black edition. So get the X4 980 be. And as for motherboard, you are good with that MSI 890fxa.

    what's your budget?
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