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Upgrading mobo, CPU & ram. thoughts?

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September 21, 2011 1:04:25 PM

Im currently stuck with an ASROCK g31m-s with 4gb of ddr2 ram and an intel dual core 3.2.

my other specs that i do not plan on upgrading anytime soon are my NVIDIA gtx 470 (super clocked) and my hard drive which i cant remember specifically what the specs are on it but i know its decent.

heres what i was planning on upgrading to, to try and completely remove the bottleneck on the 470 and get some overall improved performance:

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(x2) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7S-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if anyone has any better suggestions id love some outside input or if this is a good enough move to make to go ahead and do so.

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September 21, 2011 1:08:54 PM

Possibly the most important question: What's your budget for these 3 components?

$119 ($15 off w/ promo code EMCKAJE42, ends 9/21) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$26 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 MSI NF725GM-P43 AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

$53 ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30 ($10 off w/ promo code EMCKAJE26, ends 9/21) Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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These 3 would be the best upgrade option if they fit into budget.
Total cost with savings codes: $178

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3
Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 160
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September 21, 2011 1:10:44 PM

id like to try and stay under 250 if possible.

edit: which my current build allows me to do. if i can get a little more juice for the same price tho im all ears. or eyes in this case.
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September 21, 2011 1:20:29 PM

Whats your main concern? gaming? then an i3 2100 will perform better at a similar price.
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September 21, 2011 1:21:18 PM

benftf said:
id like to try and stay under 250 if possible.

edit: which my current build allows me to do. if i can get a little more juice for the same price tho im all ears. or eyes in this case.


I've edited my first post with some build ideas. Well under the $250 limit as well :) 

Since what I suggested only totals about $180, it might be worth while spending the remainder on a better AM3+ motherboard which will allow for upgrades in the future.
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September 21, 2011 2:12:28 PM

008Rohit said:
Whats your main concern? gaming? then an i3 2100 will perform better at a similar price.



im trying to steer away from going with intel. i already own one atm and was not satisfied to say the least. im currently using a 3.2 (OC'd at 3.6) DC but its an LGA 775 socket. i dont want to upgrade to another intel type motherboard only to upgrade another intel chip.

thanks for the build suggestions adrian, i like the processor you pointed out. any thoughts to maybe picking up a cheap SLI ready amd board?
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September 21, 2011 3:27:29 PM

cool, thanks adrian. those look good and keep it in my budget range.
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September 21, 2011 3:27:50 PM

Best answer selected by benftf.
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