My current specs are ASRock A780GXE/128M Motherboard Athlon X2 5400+ BE OC'ed at 3.2GHZ 2GB G-SKILL DDR2 800 HD 3870 Here is what i'm looking at buying Same Motherboard AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W $134.99 HIS H685FN1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 $139.99 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $54.99 For a grand total of $338.26 shipped. I posted this at a different forum and many people told me that I was wasting my money. That I should buy a new motherboard so I will be able to get DDR3 Ram. They said that I can get a Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor for the same price that will outperform the Phenom. I don't do a whole lot of gaming but when I do I like to be able to run the games on a fairly high setting and my HD 3870 is beginning to show its age. I just wanted to throw in a new GPU, CPU and add a little RAM and I figured with what I selected that I would be able to run just about anything at full speed. I figured I would get a second opinion here. So what would you recommend? I should also point out that I still have an IDE DVD Burner and my secondary hard drive. So I would either have to upgrade those components, find a new motherboard that has IDE or buy an adapter, all of which will add to the final price. So do you think I should go all out and buy a new motherboard, or just upgrade the components. Thanks.