cheap upgrades needed for now, new mobo next year

  g7200defender 13:42 02 Jan 2015

hi, i got it in my head that its time to start building a good pc for my son. i needed a decent case and thought id start there. i saw a mint acer g7200 defender on ebay, fell in love with the design and as it was mint, i bought it for him with the intention of slowly replacing the parts. so for now, its a phenom x4 9750 and 4 gb ram. i have just bought an R9 280x toxic and will install that as soon as it gets here. my questions are these... what memory can i install for a cheap upgrade.? how far can i go with the processor?, do i have to stick with the am2+ or can i get something better in there for now.? bearing in mind, next year it will be new mobo and everything that goes with it i dont really want to spend a fortune now.. thanks in advance

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