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My upgrading plan... Good/bad idea?

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August 10, 2011 7:08:33 AM

Hi, new member but a lurker here!

I'm currently on a very tight budget (~$300) but just want to upgrade my CPU/mobo/ram as I already have a GTX 460 SE 1GB (yes my mistake on getting the SE...) and everything else.

Anyway, I'm looking into the AMD X4 925 ($90) with 4GB DDR3 1600 (~$35) (Windows XP user) so I'm just deciding on my mobo now.



Here's the plan-
Since Bulldozer is coming out soon, I was thinking maybe I'll get an AM3+ mobo with SLi compatibility and stick with the 925 for a while until I can save up for the BD. I currently have an E4500 Duo Core lol so I just want a decent quad for gaming that'll last me a year or two.

I was then thinking of getting another 460 for SLI sometime soon and THEN upgrade to BD after a year or so. If this works out, I'll probably get the Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ($140). I will also purchase a Hyper 212 ($28). This totals to be right around ~$300.


Is this a good idea for the long run? And would the CPU bottleneck my 460 (possibly SLI soon) at all, even if OC'd to say ~3.5GHz+?

I'm a medium-heavy gamer but doesn't do much else on the computer as I use my Mac for otherwise. I just want to be able to play heavy games and also be able to record with Fraps/etc lol


So yeah that's all.. Any feedback/suggestions would be highly welcomed! If you find an adequate mobo for even cheaper then major kudos for you! Thanks a lot for your time! :) 
August 10, 2011 7:11:33 AM

Also, although I posted my budget being $300, I originally aimed for $200 as I'm just a college student. I don't HAVE to get an AM3+/SLI mobo, I was just aiming for the long run.

If you have any recommendations for just an AM3 combo that can be <$200, that will be highly appreciated as well! Much much thanks once again!
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August 10, 2011 1:36:51 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140 GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X (cheapest AM3+ that supports SLI, SATA 6, and USB 3.0)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$95 ASUS M4N75TD AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI (no SATA 6, or USB 3.0)

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$120 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (easily OC'ed)

You could temporarily go with a dual core, then upgrade when you have the money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65 AMD Athlon II X2 260 Regor 3.2GHz (retail box)

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$28 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (G.Skill can easily be OC'ed as well)
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August 10, 2011 1:48:18 PM

whats your current mobo? you do realise replacing your mobo also means buying another copy of the OS?
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