I'm planning on upgrading my system and my objective would be to have something powerful, cool, quiet and not expensive lol.
My current system:
AMD Opteron @2.6Ghz X2core (939)
Zalman CPU Cooler
Asus Deluxe mobo
4GB OCZ DDR
ATI Radeon 4850 512MB
Creative X-Fi Platimum(something like that)
Regular DVD(+-) Drive
Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Dell 24" @ 1900x1200
On air the cpu overclocks to 2.8-2.9 but it's too much noise.
The Antec P180 kinda sucks for cable management and it needs new fans so might as well get a new case.
Yeah the case is huge but so is the P180 and it has a lot a air flow all while being quiet.
I thought about the PII X3 but if I get it I'm going to be thinking...I should have gotten the quad.
The main things I do are:
Adobe CS4 suite
Light dipping into Maya 3D
(an i7 starts to get away from my current budget $600)
I can reduce the price by getting the other AM3 msi mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
...but I don't need an onboard vid card and in respects to CrossFire meh I never got around to doing SLI with my current mobo so I doubt I will with this one.
Just picked the more expensive version cause it's probably better quality and has more features for overclocking (I assume).
[Edit] Oh one last thing I was planning on not using the X-fi anymore...dunno don't see the point or is it still viable nowadays? Hopefully this setup will work with Windows 7 RC1
The setup you are planning will indeed work well with Windows 7RC. For more information about what Windows 7RC not only requires but also offers to all users -- including direct download -- I encourage you to head on over to Microsoft Springboard.