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thanks for the recommendation. I think that may work out for me. So do you think an i3 cpu would best suit my needs?
Yea an i3-2100 would be a better use of funds for improving gaming performance. Bulldozer really does not improve gaming performance over phenom II, and in some cases, makes it worse.

However... if you are thinking of forgoing the GPU for now, I highly recommend considering an i5 sandy bridge instead. If you don't plan on overclocking, the i5-2400 is a great value, and would leave room for a nice motherboard in a $300 budget. If you must have overclockability, an i5-2500K is the way to go, but getting a decent board for that may break the budget.
     
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something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130606 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

even tho it's about $70 over your budget, you can slowly upgrade the rest of the machine. You already have every other component that you can piecemeal upgrade, I say go for the 2500K and Z68. It will last you a few years, and the SB processor can pretty much handle any GPU that you can throw at it for the next 2 generations or so.

EDIT: or go with IB if , which is supposed to be anywhere from 20-40% more punch with 1155 in the next few quarters. If you can't go much outside of budget, still get a board that's around 150$ (there are a bunch and plenty of reviews to decide) and get the i3-2100 to hold you till you have money in the next year to upgrade to IB.
Edited by Nocturin - 10/21/11 at 8:48pm
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