Re: Time to upgrade Motherboard, Processor and RAM (Advice needed)
Black Friday parts are just about everything.
Tight budget builds aren't too hard these days. AMD excels at the value prospect, coming out with a decent motherboard, quad core CPU and the RAM hardly ever goes over $250. Intel can compete, but you have to make some sacrifices elsewhere if you want to meet the same goal (again, it's pretty slim anymore however)
For AMD, a Socket AM3+ motherboard, quad core Athlon II (Phenom isn't even necessary to be honest) and a set of cheap G.Skill RAM (which doesn't perform like cheap RAM)
For Intel, LGA 1155, same G.Skill RAM, and probably a low end i5 or an upper end i3. Both will handle four threads, but only the i5 is a true quad core.