Ugrades To New PC (Didnt Have Alot Of $$ When I Started)

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Current Machine: (The Ones Marked With A * Are The Components That Im Re-Using)

My Motherboard Is Phenom And Phenom II Ready And My Current PSU Is 550Watt

*All-Solid Capacitor Nforce4 Based Socket AM2+ Motherboard
Athlon
X2 4400+ 2.3GHz w/2.8GHz Overclock, Cooled With A *Zalman CNPS7500-CU LED
*4GB CAS4 DDR2-800
*500GB Western Digital Green SATA
80GB Western Digital WD800 IDE
*LG SATA 22x DVD Burner
EVGA Nvidia 9600GSO 768MB
*Soundblaster Audigy Classic
20" Dell 2001FP S-IPS TFT Display

CPU Upgrades: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103681 Or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819105214

The 500GB HDD Will Become My Supplement And The Boot Drive Will Be To Of These In RAID-0: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233086

Graphics Card Upgrade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130476

Display Upgrade: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176104 Or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009165

Opinions And Ideas Welcome Ofcourse. Note:Component Suggestion Must Be Within The Budget Of My Current Component Selections
 
You did not list usage but I would guess it involves video or photo processing.

Your CPU links are broken. Some older nforce4 boards will not support a modern CPU, so you need to be clearer about which board you have.

Will also need to know what PSU you have.
 

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Sorry Bout That, Gaming Mostly But A Bit Of Everything Really, Im Not Gonna Use My Current Cheapo 550 PSU Im Gonna Go With A 600Watt + PC Power&Cooling, The Motherboard IS Certified For Phenom And Phenom II Series AM2+ CPUs

Fixed The CPU Links BTW
 
So you want to spend over 300 dollars on an SSD and under 100 on a CPU? That doesn't make a lot of sense.

A gaming machine needs a fast processor and GPU. SSDs are fairly low on the list. An SSD will not add a single frame per second to your games.
 

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I Realize That Man, Seriously This Is Only The The 6Th Personal Gaming Machine Ive Built For Myself As Well As Several For Other Pepole (I Well Known In My Area For Building Some Of The Fastest AMD Gaming Machines On A Budget), But The SSD With Greatly Increase The Speed Of My Virtual Machines (I Test Beta Software), Game Level Loads And Startup/Shutdown Times (Im Always Tweaking My Machine) Among Other Things
 

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Thank You For The Constructive Answer, Much Appreceated , The One I Listed Has The Very Good Indix Controller And Is Nearly As Fast As The Intel SSDs, I Will Consider One Of Those Others That You Linked, Whats The Main Advantages Of The One That I Listed In Your Opinion?
 

4745454b

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First, I doubt your motherboard can handle any of the new chips. NF4 was socket 939 era. AM2 was the NF5. I think you are going to be disapointed. Second, I would never run AID0 as a boot drive. I believe the formula is AID0 + boot drive = disaster waiting to happen. Get a single SSD, you don't need AID0. I'd also double check the controller, avoid Jmicron.

If you dump one of those SSDs, you can afford a good motherboard. Get one with two PCIe slots, and you can use your current GSO as a PhysX card. Finish the build off with a 710/720 and a good PSU, and you should be set for awhile. Post back with more links if you make any changes.
 

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I like your humble post. If we had a lot of money, we wouldn't need to upgrade. We would already have the best of every component!


For $20 more, why not the XFX GX285XZWFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3?


 

4745454b

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After thinking about it, seeing as he is running DDR2-800 ram, he must have a NF5 or newer board. I don't remember any NF4 boards that could handle the DDR2 CPUs. It would be nice to know what board he has, but I think we can rule out the NF4.