Ok so I see now that's it's about neck & neck with my current athlon x4. I have a zalman copper heatsink/fan that I installed for overclocking. I tried it out and got to 3.2GHz, but the comp was blue-screening like crazy. I also managed to kill my graphics card back then, as well, cuz of the OC'ing.
I have this mofo in my system http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M4A785M/#specifications
so it supports 125W AM3
I'm willing to try to OC again, but can someone point me in a good direction for a board like mine? I tried a few sites, and that led me to the situation I explained above. Otherwise, I'll look at an SSD like stardude said.
I think the Ivi bridge is out of the question. That'd mean having to get extra things - __ - I wish