So I am building a computer for a friend. We have been planing this out quite a bit and here is our setup so far....
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: <week
BUDGET RANGE: US$1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet Downloading, Multimedia (no gaming)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keybord/Mouse, OS (windows 7 rc1)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com, fry's
PARTS PREFERENCES:AMD, ATI
OVERCLOCKING: NO OC'ing/Cross X
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:This build is for massive archiving/ downloading and also as an all around kick ass comp not used for gaming. We will go to fry's to pick up the case to save on shipping. Any suggestions would be a great help!
The GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P is an awesome board, but if you're not going to do any overclocking or use crossfire it's kind of a waste. A 780G/785G based motherboard would be a better choice for this build. The onboard video of the 780G is more than adequate especially since the system won't be used for any gaming.
megaman is right. You could knock off about 30$ getting a cheaper board without crossfire support and less pci slots with onboard video. Also, if you're not going to do that much encoding and other multithreaded applications, you could save another 50$ dropping to the x3 720.