Upgrading from my AMD 5000+

Hi, I haven't been in the gaming scene for a while. I am currently running a AMD 5000+ with a ATI HD 3850, Antec 550w and 2gb Ram with Vista. I want to upgrade my system to todays gaming, and don't know what is the best bang for the buck. I would like to reuse some of my stuff, mainly want to upgrade my CPU and Mobo and then go from there to satisfy my gaming needs. I would like some suggestions on a setup that will go $200-$400. Game I'm looking at is Dirt3. I am debating on either i5 or 960T.
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  1. i3-2100
    asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3
    radeon 6870 or 6950 or gtx 560ti
  2. Best answer
    AMD parts:

    MOBO : ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+
    CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma
    RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
    TOTAL : $401.96 and 387$ after mail in rebates.

    INTEL parts:

    MOBO : ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
    CPU : Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge
    RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit
    TOTAL : $399.96 and 386$ after mail in rebates.
    With both options you get a free Dirt 3 game coupon.
    If you drop the memory to 4GB Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    you can buy a 6870 video card SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit
    If you want 8GB RAM you must to raise your budget with 15$ to buy 6870 video card.
  3. Will those setups allow me to run high settings for dirt3? I was wondering if extra $80 of the i5-2400 make a difference in gaming compared to the i3-2120 with the setup stated by sosofm?
  4. Yes those setups will alow you to play smooth Dirt3.
    Here is a benchmark between 2120 and 2400 and the diference in gaming is almost maybe 1%.
    If you raise the budget buy 6870. You can buy i5 2300 if you want to have a quad core. is with 10$ cheaper then 2400.
  5. Thanks, looks like I'll stick with the 2120 and raise my budget for a better video card.
  6. That's a good ideea.
  7. Just a quick questions, will my current P/S be able to keep up with the new setup?
  8. Yes , your setup can run even with a 450W PSU.
  9. Sorry to not mention, will the i3 2120 with hd6870 run games at 1080?
  10. Yes :) with no problem.
  11. K, thanks. Looks like I'll go with that
  12. Best answer selected by wingz83.
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