Upgrading my PC 520$ budget

I have decided to upgrade my PC with a budget of 520$. My current PC cannot run games smoothly like BF3 , Prototype 2 , Saints row the third.

Current Build:

Power supply: 400watt
Memory: 4gb g.skill 1333mhz dual channel
Graphics card: GT 440 ECS 1GB GDDR5
Processor: Intel G530
Motherboard: H61MGC
Hard drive: 500gb 7200rpm

I already decided on the graphics card. The AMD 7850 and a raidmax 530watt power supply. Now for the CPU I am thinking between the i5 2500k and a AMD Phenom II X4 965. I know the 2500k is faster and better overall but with the AMD Phenom i can buy a new motherboard , 8gb dual channel 1600mhz ram and a cpu cooler for overclocking if needed. Total of 224$ the i2500k is 220$. I cannot decided whether to rebuild my PC or buy a i5 2500k. I will only use this PC for about another year i was going to build a high end with a 1600$ budget but since we almost at the end of the year i though i could just upgrade and wait til the amd 8000series/nvidia 700 series and new processor line up. Afterwards this PC will be used for browsing and normal task.

AMD UPGRADE PROS:
*Will be able to sell old parts and save money around 120$
*CPU Cooler
*8gb of memory 1600mhz
*All parts are same color as my case (Blue)

AMD UPGRADE CONS:
*Slower CPU
*Outdated

INTEL UPGRADE PROS:
*More future proof
*Faster Processor
*Better frame rate

INTEL UPGRADE CONS:
*Motherboard and memory are mostly colored red and does not go with my case my case is blue with blue LED's and has a transparent side panel I don't like having two colors mixed. Recently bough it because my old red case broke. Case was cheap.
*No enough money for CPU cooler
*More expensive.
*Slower memory
*Will be able to sell only Graphics card and memory save around 70$

Here is a complete list of the upgrade parts with links.

AMD UPGRADE:

Graphics: AMD 7850 HIS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406

Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104262

Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130657

Processor Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

INTEL UPGRADE:
Graphics: Same as AMD upgrade

Memory: G.Skill 4GB Dual Channel 1333mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

Motherboard: H61MGC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332&Tpk=H61MGC

Processor: i5 2500k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Power supply: Same as AMD Upgrade
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  1. If you want to save some money the AMD is quite adequate today.
  2. The AMD build is capable and has better balanced parts. It also meets your aesthetic requirements. Go with that.
    Or what I would do is finish saving that $1600 and be happy with what I get. G530 is already enough for browsing.
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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