After 2 failed HP's in less than a year each and 1 still working but outdated Dell 8400 im finally going to attempt my first comp build.Im still wet behind the ears but have done some reserch i want to future proof it for the next 3 years atleast and my budget overall is $900.00usd Im Going AMD/Ati with crossfire in the next few months so the power supply will be upgraded later. Here's what i have so far.
I just ordered the Phenom 9850 for $205.00, with an ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE AM2+ for $189.00 (saw cheaper mobo's, not sure if I should have gone with one, recommendations?). I've always built AMD on ASUS boards, and they have always turned out fantastic, just stable and that's all I need. I feel like if you've put one system together, then you can put mostly any one together. Only problems I ever encounter are with power supplies not being powerful enough, or too powerful, and maybe room/size space considering the size of the tower and the room for your wires/cables getting in the way of things... but it's not so bad to solve. Good luck.
2 ways to OC.
1. increase the system speed or FSB of the computer. any CPU can be OC'd by this.
2. change multiplyer. this is a relativly new method to OC, mainly for AMD's BE processors.
even though the 9600 can change multiplyers, the b2 stepping realy hurts OC potential.
9x50 phenoms don't have the b2 limitations, as they are b3 chips, so pretty much any of them has more OC potential via the 1st method of OCing than the 9600. the 9850 and 9950 also have unlocked multipliers. your mobo may not suport the 9950 as its a 140watt chip
you might be better off getting the 5800+ from newegg for $100 and a good aftermarket cooler. that will let you upgrade in the future when hopefully AMD is doing a better job. its VGU deal 3, bottom of first page.
another thing about these 4850s. they are all identical, as in made in the same plant with different stickers aplied, so feal free to mix and match. get your 4850/cpu deal, and pick up a free game with the second. or if your into free games, I think you can get rainbow6 with the CPU, so you can get 2 free games, and a some other piddly savings on something else.
I don't know what PSU you are getting, but for crossfire you should get 650 watts or more. if yo get an 80+ rated efficiency, its probably a decent PSU. a cheap crap PSU is not suggested by any means
you cant use 2 monitors with crossfire! you will need the 3rd vidcard and a 790fx mobo if you want crossfire and 2 monitors