I'm yet another new builder. After discovering toms hardware, I am officially an addict. I've spent the last 2 weeks reading everything I could find to learn about building my own PC. Right now, my wife doesn't think I can build a PC that will be better than one I could get in a store. I'm hoping that with some of toms hardware's finest, I might be able to prove her wrong.
I plan on using the PC for gaming (although my wife will use it for nothing but facebook...)
You can save some $ on the motherboard. How soon are you planning on doing the build? This motherboard is currently out of stock, but would get you pretty close to your budget if it comes back in stock before you purchase.
Well, part of it is true, people will build a pc and say they wont oc, but, over time, they decide to oc so they come back for a cooler, the cooler wouldn't hurt you at all even if you didnt oc, just would make a cooler temperature. You could get it just incase.
S1283 dark knight cooler and a thermal compound.
Now, ima go against the ram choice sorry shortstuff, i know your probably tired of seeing this set but,
I agree that the PI Black is better RAM, it's what I use in my personal build and every build I've done in the past few months. I, however, don't think it's worth the price difference at full price. The Mushkin RAM is very good RAM and will get my recommendation until they lower the PI Black RAM back down to $45 - $50 again.
This will do you good, Seeing that your using am2+ and a am3 chipset, when the time comes you can upgrade to an am3 board and ddr3 memory, then on and on. difference in your 720 be vs the 940,
you got 2.8ghz on the "720BE" so, you should oc against the 940 at 3.0 ghz. Also, if you're doing more than just pure gaming, then yes, the "940BE" quadcore would be more future proof. However, if you're just only gaming, then you might be better off with a tricore.
[quoute]How much will it effect my gaming experience downgrading to an AMD Phenom 720BE? [/quote] Not much at all right now. But the 940BE is on paper going to be about 33% faster than the 720BE. 4 cores vs 3 cores.