APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of the month.
BUDGET RANGE: $600-630
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, movies, surfing the internet.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and operating system.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, zipzoomfly.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer an Intel CPU...the rest I don't really care about the brand.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have 2 Dell 1280x1024 Monitors (I hope to use dual monitors...not necessarily for games but instead multi-tasking.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care too much over the brands of computer parts as long as it fits within my budget and is a good value with the money spent. I don't plan to really play some of the high-end games such as Crysis and such. I just wanna play FPS such as Battlefied and Call of Duty.
You will not be able to build an Intel PC with the same power and upgradeable path for the same price. Your only other option for an Intel build is wait for the official release of the Core i5 and see how it fits performance to price for your budget.
the problem with a $600 intel build is that all that buys is a core 2 duo and not even a top end one .
To add to the intel misery they've stopped making c2d's and quads and the whole socket 775 family is history . Parts will be here for a while but are likely to get more expensive as they become legacy stock thats only needed to fix parts that have failed . Even DDR2 is heading this way
Fortunately AMD is very price competitive in this range . Their quality is just as high as intel , and theres no reason not to use AMD at all .
jbakerlents build is pretty good . The triple core cpu is more than a match for the top end core 2 duo's and thanks to 3 cores instead of 2 it multitasks better .
Id also consider replacing the 640 gig hard drive with a seagate 7200.12 500 gig
[ but not ever the 7200.11 which is faulty ]
or the samsung F3 500 gig
Both are a little quicker than the WD black , which is quicker than almost everything else
That RAM would work but the latency (8) is a little higher than the others. I agree with Outlander on his recommendations, of course. That motherboard, the 770, does not have onboard graphics so the it whether there is a vga port or not would depend on the graphics card (and those 4850's don't have vga) but you can easily pick up a little converter and that should work fine.