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Need help with all around budget build

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August 18, 2012 4:45:06 AM

I would like to get some feedback from you guys, I am new to building my own PC but I know my ways around the computers. However I wanted to build computer with some hardware leftover I had from my relative. My stock motherboard crashed so I am looking for stronger and faster processor and mobo that have overclocking capability in the future.
I am just looking for all around performance that can play most of games and use several programs at same time and I usually pull lot of gigabytes data on internet everyday :) 
So I have been looking at AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz with ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 for $190. Around $190 would be max budget for cpu and mobo.

My other option is AMD Athlon II X3 460 at 3.4 ghz for $89 with fan included.
Should I go with Biostar TA870U3 motherboard for $89? Or there is other mobo in the price range that is better than biostar?

Approximate Purchase Date: 1 to 2 Month, I am not in hurry since I have 2 laptops with me.

Budget Range: $190

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing internet, gaming, watching movies.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: MOBO and CPU. I will be reusing XFX Radeon HD 4850 512MB DDR3 PCI-e, thermaltake TR2 RX 550W PSU, Hitachi 1 TB 7,200 RPM 3.0 Gbs 32 MB, DVD player, and rewritable 24X cd/dvd reader.

Do you need to buy OS: No, I have windows XP 32 bit or 7 home professional 64 bit ready.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Houston, TX or Sacramento, CA USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: any if it is good product

Overclocking: Yes/Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 and 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I don't care about noise since I am hearing impaired, all I care is function after form right now but I can make it look good and simple.
Thanks lot guys, any information will be greatly appreciated!

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August 18, 2012 9:52:42 PM

Ill be using 4GB ram stick and eventually add other 4gb stick and build watercooling system at same time. I am not sure which processor I should get, I am contemplating to go with Athlon II but its kind of dated.
I am not worried about xfx 4850, the card is good enough for my budget. I will be able to overclock the GPU to 700MHz and then the memory clock to 1050MHz.
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August 20, 2012 6:49:07 AM

It'll work,as long as you have no problem using a dual core.I'd compare its performance to the x3. But the i3 is comparable to the Phenom x6.
I still recommend finding the $25,I've put a cheaper motherboard.