I have four of those HD’s in the 200GB variety, don’t expect them to be very zippy. They are great for data storage (I use mine for movies, songs and storage), but for an OS you might find yourself wanting.
As far as the CPUs, the Opteron is only a valid choice if you are very serious about overclocking. In which case, see what people are saying about that motherboard and memory kit. Also, that means getting a quality heat sink and fan. I’m very process oriented (thinking) and do what is most ‘logical’ verses what may be cool – so take what I say with a grain of salt. IMO I would buy a cheaper board and forgo the better HS/Fan and use that extra cash (cut say 100 off board and 50 on the heat sink) and just get an AMD 64 X2 4400 and then just overclock that one with stock fan by a meager 100-200Mhz. Or, just spend around 60 more and get a 4600. Then again, you could do the cheap MB again and pump up to a Opteron 175 too Hey, but that’s just me
Many web sites like Tom’s have been saying for a while that the budget MB’s are far more capable than people give them credit for these days. All my boards (non-server) are under 120 bucks and I’ve never had any problems and I put my computers through hell
couple of questions before i can answer yours.
1. What are you using the system for?
2. Do you plan to overclock? If you do then the opty would probably perform better if you got a better heatsink for it and got some better memory. If not, you would probably feel more comfortable with the 4200+. Dual core is the way of the future.
You should also consider waiting for the new cards by nvidia to come out and that might drop your price of the 7800gt.
Well, I know about the 7900 series, so im not gonna upgrade to this. I will also be getting am2, so ill be getting a imilar mobo except a new socket.O ther thanit will be the same. I made up my mind, 170 opty. I will play games on super high setings and some schoolwork. I will oc the opty to 2.8 on air. :twisted: