Hello Everyone. I feel that I should apologize in advance, as I am a first time builder, for any misunderstandings I may have, or poor choices, etc. My Goal here was to build a computer capable of modern gaming on high'ish settings [or Even medium/moderate. I am not particular huge on the graphical performance of the game, as long as it runs well. In fact, I generally prefer the oldfashioned 1024*768 resolution.] with algorithmic side-work on a $800 budget. This is not including Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS. Ideally I'd like to work the OS into the budget as well, but I can make do until a time in the future when I have some spare cash.
MoBo [The Mother of the Hobos] - Asus M3A78-T Socket AM2+/ AMD 790GX/ Hybrid CrossFireX/ HDMI/ A&V&GbE/ ATX Motherboard $129
Went to ewiz for this one due to the cheaper price for the same model from newegg. The onboard GPU doesn't matter to me [if it's not disabled with a slotted card, I'll see about setting it up for a second desktop + monitor, but otherwise, no big deal].
It supposedily supports the AMD 9950 Quad, which is the important thing. It holds three PCI-E, which offers me room to better my video card, if I wish. I don't foresee that I will within the computer's gaming lifetime.
Alternatively, I could pick up the Asus M3A78 board. Is there any real difference, aside from the integrated graphics? If not, then is there any consequence to me picking up the M3A78 [for $70] instead of the M3A78-T?
DVD-drive - Going to be whatever I decide to plop in. Might just scavenge from my present antique system. They aren't honestly that big a deal.
Total cost: $657 [I think I'm missing something, earlier cost analysis put me at like $730ish].
Information concerning the OS: I intend to start it with XP 32-bit, but eventually a full-wipe and installation of Vista 64-bit once I can afford it.
I appreciate your feedback, advice, recommendations and criticism. Please try not to rip me apart too fiercely if I made some obvious mistake, I didn't mean to. Also, thank you for looking through this.