SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, Folding@Home , watching movies, very light gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Thermaltake pure power 500w, dvd rom, generic matx and atx case, 2gb ddr2 stick, 500 gb hdd
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (example: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900,
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Pretty much I want a best bang for the buck right now for a cpu and mobo that cost as little as possible. The main use of computer is school works and internet browsing. any help will be appreciated.
Honkon's combo will allow room in the budget to get another 2GB RAM stick. Choose one that is identical to the one you have.
Actually, if you have a place for that other RAM stick, you could probably fit a 2x2GB kit of DDR2-800 into your budget. To minimize potential grief, get RAM that will run on the JEDEC default 1.8v. Cheapest is probably A-Data; I've used that brand on a few builds and never had a problem. For better timing and overclocking, my preference is mushkin, but that will be right at the ragged edge of your budget.