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Upgrading mobo, CPU & ram. thoughts?

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=N82E16819103871

BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138179R

(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=N82E16820231307

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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    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=N82E16819103808

    $26 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    $50 MSI NF725GM-P43 AM3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130594

    or

    $53 ASUS M4N68T-M V2 AM3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131669

    $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=N82E16820148419


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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
  2. 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.
  3. Whats your main concern? gaming? then an i3 2100 will perform better at a similar price.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. This is one of the best value for money boards I could find:

    $110 ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157262

    or

    $140 GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128510

    The Gigabyte is probably the better buy if you can find the extra $30.
  7. cool, thanks adrian. those look good and keep it in my budget range.
  8. Best answer selected by benftf.
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