Help needed deciding on a CPU.

Hello all, new user and what not. I'm not too familiar with hardware, and I've done countless research, but I always seem to second guess myself. I don't want to buy something if it turns out to be crap, and I find out I could have bought something better for 4-5 dollars more.

Anyway, onto my question. My current CPU is a AMD Athlon 64 x2. Not sure of the model, sure I could look it up easily. Here is some more info about my current pc. Keep in mind, this was not built for gaming. I'm adding parts to it as I go. I'd also prefer AMD, as Intel is a bit out of my range in terms of affordability. Especially since I'd need to buy a new MB as well.

HD: 500 GB (Again, not sure of the exact model)
GPU: EVGA SuperClocked GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
PSU: 650 W
Case: Dell Inspiron 519 Case (ATX Micro MB)

(CPU I'm looking at:
(And this, is the new MB:

Now, I know, it's no gaming build. It runs most games on medium with lag, of course. What I'm looking for, is of course upgrading my CPU. I know it will be a big upgrade, but just looking to see how it would perform with games like Tera, Crysis 2, and..pretty much any modern game.

Any help is much, much appreciated.

EDIT: Oh, and just for the record I don't have much to spend. My limit is $180-$190
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  1. Your links dont work for me

    But for the $ you have to spend

    Intel Pentium G860 $99
    MB with an H61 chipset $60
    2 x2 gig of DDR3 RAM $23

    The catch may be that you may need to buy a new copy of Windows as well , and that will be another $100
  2. Oh, my bad. It was a Phenom II x4 965 Be CPU. Is that CPU pretty good on gaming, with fraps running?
  3. I would have the phenom rather than the intel ,and I'd rather have an FX 4100 than a phenom .... but only if you can fit an AM3+ motherboard in to the build .
    It doesnt seem to fit your budget though

    FX 4100 $110

    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ $90
  4. Okay. I think I may have found a MB that fits into my budget, or a little over with the 4100.
  5. You'd need to confirm that the mb they are sending you has a BIOS that can run an FX processor .

    You'd also need RAM . The older DDR2 sticks you have are not compatible
  6. It seems they do, I checked the website. And I can wait a little longer to save up an extra $23/$24 for the ram.
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