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What are your exact intentions, Ally? Do you want to have the ability to upgrade to an AM3+ processor(Bulldozer/Zambezi) SLI/Crossfire upgrade to a stronger graphics card in the future? If you're sure you won't then we can save more money, if you do then we need to rethink this a bit.

Do you want to overclock? We'd need to invest in an aftermark HSF & TIM.

For example, if you get a stronger graphics card/ add another we'd need a stronger PSU. Luckily, Bulldozer/Zambezi's TDP runs the gamut from a minimum of 80watts to a maximum of 125 watts, & 125 watts is the Phenom II X4 955 BE's TDP, so we're good on the PSU for the processor(s).
I've been thinking about it, and I think it would be wiser to get an upgradeable computer and skimp a bit on performance than to make a PC that I'm pretty much stuck with. I also do not plan on overclocking at the moment, wbut would like to have the option for the future. I basically want a good skeleton for the computer. What do you think I should do?

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It's tough, man the Gigabyte GTX 465 for $129.99 + $7.87 shipping is a great card for the money. The GTX 465 should last until at least the next generation GTX 600, HD 7000 series cards but you are unable to simply add another GTX 465 because AMD boards usually don't support SLI natively. Another thing I already stated is that you'd need a better PSU if you want SLI/Crossfire or if you want to upgrade to a newer generation graphics card. However, with that motherboard you selected it is possible to upgrade to a Bulldozer processor later.

I agree with you that it's better to have some degree of upgradeability/flexibility. If you don't plan to overclock at the moment, then we can leave out getting a HSF & TIM. We don't really need a better motherboard as it has VRM/Mosfet coolers & it should overclock decently.

What exactly is your budget? Is it exactly $500 or lower? How much leeway do you have? To review, you want a good skeleton for future upgrades, but at the start you want to play games like BC2 & get at least 30 FPS? Is that 30 FPS as in average or 30 fps as the absolute minimum when everything is exploding around you? What settings do you want to play at? At the least, I think a 955 BE & GTX 465 should get around 60 fps on all medium. At around the same price point, you could probably get an i3 build, but it'd be more expensive. The i3 would be faster clock for clock but the 2 extra cores on the 955 BE would make it consistently come out on top in games like BC2 & in multi-tasking. Intel Quad cores are definitely out of the question as they are way out of our budget.

So, 955 BE now, & possibly a FX-8100 later on.
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With the 465 and the 500 watt rosewill you recommended, I'm at around $530. That's good enough. Do you think I should get the m5a97? A friend has it, its been working pretty well for him. It' am3+ compatible, but can I get something better at around the 100 dollar pricepoint?

BTW, thank for all your help.
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With the 465 and the 500 watt rosewill you recommended, I'm at around $530. That's good enough. Do you think I should get the m5a97? A friend has it, its been working pretty well for him. It' am3+ compatible, but can I get something better at around the 100 dollar pricepoint?

BTW, thank for all your help.
No not really, at the $99.99 price point it's a toss up between the
Asus 970-M5A97 you're eyeing & a bunch of other similar boards. There's the ASRock 970-Extreme 4 with 3 PCI-e 2.0 slots, but I doubt you'll tri-sli or tri-crossfire.
 
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No not really, at the $99.99 price point it's a toss up between the
Asus 970-M5A97 you're eyeing & a bunch of other similar boards. There's the ASRock 970-Extreme 4 with 3 PCI-e 2.0 slots, but I doubt you'll tri-sli or tri-crossfire.
Okay. I'm about set then. Here's basically my final wishlist:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=14418311

It it all good?
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Yes, you can pull the trigger now.
 
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Yes, you can pull the trigger now.
Alright! Thanks for all your help. +rep.
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Anytime, man. Anytime.
 
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