My specs build for a rig in the upcoming November and december sales

niker37

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This rig is mainly for MMORPG online games main as Guild Wars 2 and Aion. But i also play DOTA 2 which is not a considered MMORPG anyhow.

I'am picking between 2 sets and you guys will help me out which one is much better for me.
The first one is UPGRADING 2 component: GFX and Core.
The second one is UPGRADING 3 component: GFX, Core, Motherboard
MY PSU: 430w

I might also find a higher one thats preferable 600w or which ever is recommended for me. Now for the specs

Currently:

1280x1040 Monitor Resolution
Asus M3a
AMD Athlon x2 64 dual core processor 5200+ 2.7 ghz
8gb ram corsair ddr2 or ddr3 i think..
Geforce 8600 GT
Psu: 430w
Win7 64bit

So the first set i plan upgrading just gfx and core:

GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 OR 6870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards $149.99
or Sapphire Radeon HD 7700 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=046215 $110.99

Core: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808


OR Second set: gfx, core, motherboard

GFX: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 OR 6870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&name=Desktop-Graphics-Cards $149.99/$169.99
or Sapphire Radeon HD 7700 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=046215 $110.99

Core: i5-2500k http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&item_id=035530
$199.99

Motherboard: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=047272
$129.99


So let me say some statement about those 2 so first 1:
-same mobo, upgrade core, upgrade gfx (hope wont bottleneck)
*for mobo it says cpu support list not included for core they say i just need to update to latest bios and it will be successfull other members were able to be successfull with it so they recommend me.

2:
-upgrade from amd to intel
-upgrade core,gfx


Question is:

So set 1 will cost much cheaper saving maybe $200 or more, but i dont know if its worth it. OR should i just go to set 2 an all new cpu type for total of $500 . You guys are more experienced and expert than me help me out. This is towards more about gaming MMORPG online remember. I dont want to play with no laggs/spikes in terms of FPS droppping i dont care if i dont have to play max settings medium or high is fine but i just want a stable or perfect FPS that doesnt drop.

iam also having trouble picking between sapphire radeon hd 6850/6870/7700 if theres other recommendation once again feel free..if not which one can you recommend me?
*in my stores they dont sell 6850 instead 6870 and 7700 only. BUT if 6850 is really worth it i can buy it online at newegg.

Note: i will upgrade my psu please recommend me how much watts i should get it for if i upgrading to either set 1 or set 2. Also feel free to tweak any components if needed if theres any replacement for a better price or item.

I appreciate your help. mostly to thor221 for helping me out building my rig. i just have to finalize other problems and concerns.
 
If this is your motherboard it does not support the 955BE http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3A/#CPUS or any other CPUs worth getting, it also only supports DDR2 RAM so you will need new RAM as well with any motherboard upgrade. I suggest you get a cheaper motherboard like this one http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=053545 with an i3 3220 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65&item_id=052495 and a Radeon 7850 http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=047884 as for gaming the graphics card is more imporant than the CPU.
 
I'd strongly recommend to upgrade your CPU and mobo if you want to play current games. I have that CPU in my fathers desktop, he doesn't game, but that CPU sometimes has troubles playing movies...

I'd go with what simon suggested, it's a decent upgrade on a budget.