Okay, so im getting money soon and im looking to upgrade my system. My budget is $325, im looking to get a motherboard, cpu and graphics card. I've had a few ideas i just cant decide on what to get, and need some help. The parts im looking at: source newegg
1st: $325 I3 540 Biostar T5 EX Sapphire 6850
2nd: $310 I3 540 Biostar T5 EX Referb. GTX460
3rd: $318 X4 960T GA-970A-UD3 Refurb GTS450
4th: $289 Micro Center Special CPU X4 830 GA-970A-UD3 Sapphire 6850
I agree with wasupmike. Also, if you live near a microcenter, you can get the i3 2100 for $100.
get amd fx series and you will possible get a free motherboard at microcenter.. so that's like $100 for both cpu and mother board! Then get a graphics Radeon HD 6850 just like others said, and your total is just $235 (215 after rebate of graphics)