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$400 budget upgrade (CPU/Mobo/Cooler + case?)

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Last response: in Systems
March 19, 2012 6:10:36 PM

Hey guys, I'm trying to upgrade my current system.
Apparently the mobo that I have doesn't appropriately support SSDs, resulting in a lower benchmark.

Basic info is:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week, today or tomorrow

Budget Range: $400, preferably before rebate

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Graphics, movies, documentation, etc.

Parts Not Required:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, 1x Bottom Fan

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22LP20 LightScribe Support - OEM

Hard drives (2 Samsung, 1 WD) for storage
SSD (Crucial M4)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, (But not necessarily limited to that)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU if possible, no preference for mobo or case (but must support SATA 3)

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

I currently have a AMD system running (not OCed)
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

No operating problems with the CPU or system, but when I got my SSD it didn't run as fast; found out the SATA3 in this thing is running through Marvell SE9123 chips, limiting SSD full capabilities.

I'm looking for an upgrade CPU and Mobo to go with that; based on other threads I'm thinking AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz or Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
Phenom II X4 965 Black Deneb ($125):
i5-2500K ($220):

Mobo and cooler are entirely up to suggestion, but I don't really need a badass cooler, just something that will keep the system decently cool. If the stock cooler works fine with a stable OC, then no need.
I could use a new case as well (HAF 912 or Antec 300?) if the budget's right, because my current case offers little cable management and I would like to have something more neater.

Thanks in advance guys. Have a good one!

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March 19, 2012 11:29:16 PM

Thanks a lot, that mobo seems to be the standard for +$800 rigs around here recently.
I just threw in a HAF912 for the case.

March 19, 2012 11:29:23 PM

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