PURCHASE DATE: More likely in a month or two, so prices will change by then, but I'm just trying to figure out a good system.
BUDGET RANGE: $750-1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming (towards the current games) , might incorporate some CS3 or CS4 Photoshop.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Got a wireless laser mouse, keyboard, 22-in WS LCD monitor (basically need a system and nothing else)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I will be using Windows XP SP2 Media Center Edition (32-bit) or MAYBE Windows 7. So I will be getting 4GB RAM (2x2GB) DDR2 or DDR3? AMD mobo with crossfire support (I would prefer one without integrated graphics to save money and HDMI-support if possible, but not important), preferably AMD Phenon II x4 955 Black Edition with ATI Radeon HD 4890 Black Edition.
OVERCLOCKING: Not for now, but I want to in the future. I'm pretty sure my processor and gpu can be OC'ed, but I have no clue for what motherboard to get same goes for my RAM.
Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No need to with that card.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 (probably using HDMI cable with 4890 adapter or mobo)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've been researching and it looks like DDR3 is the better choice over DDR2. Any tips for me?
Not sure about RAM, if you guys have any suggestions, please do.
As for the case/PSU/mobo this is where I need help. There are a lot of different mobos compatible with what I want, so it gets confusing. Again, I don't prefer integrated graphics on the mobo, so it will probably go along the 790X or 790FX chipsets. $350 sounds like a good budget for these 3 parts. Maybe $70-100 for the case, $100 for the PSU and $100-150 for the mobo.
Feel free to change my preferences around, I'm open to ideas. Thanks for taking the time to read my post and recommending builds!
Ah. Good point there jtt283. So when looking for a cpu fan compatible with the Phenom II x4 955, would AM2 sockets be good enough or do I have to look for a fan that covers AM3 sockets as well?
I found only 1 AM3 socket type cpu fan on newegg, but the 2 reviews said the stock fan performed much better than that fan. I might just stick with the stock fan and look for others later on if I really need it.