The combo prices work out to the same as the INTEL/ASUS combo. The AMD cpu is much better than the Intel from what I hear, but its the Mobo that worries me. I have never dealt with Gigabyte and I am worried about their warranty with all the shipping, etc.
I am looking for advice if I built a good working PC here. Also, are there any parts I could substitute that are cheaper and better? I prefer to deal with local stores now. I know I can get cheaper prices online but I do not have time to wait for shipping.
I'm going to use that site anyways as a reference point so you at least know what kinds of products to look at. If you do like them and they are cheaper than NCIX and your other sites, NCIX has a price matching feature that you can take advantage of.
Anyways that is a good motherboard but I would suggest something better like, it has a better IGP and still has HDMI:
ASUS M4A78-E ATX 790GX Socket AM3 DDR2 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - $126.36-$10 MIR ($116.36) http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD0071&v...
Edit: Yeah I guess I forgot to mention that waiting for the 5xxx series from ATI might be a good idea since it may or may not drive current video card prices down but I guess you were one step ahead of me. Also note that the IGP isn't that great and you are seriously going to have to reduce the resolution on the games you play to get it smooth.
Thinking about about this a bit more, I seriously think you should add a discrete card. The IG is definitely not the way to go with a resolution like that. Here take this review for example: At a resolution of 1024x768 you are just able to barely get playable setting with medium setting on. Now on the next page of the review, you can see what a boost a discrete card adds. (note that the resolution they are playing at is now 1680x1050) http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3615&p=8
Awesome posts. Thanks for all the input. That mobo you posted looks pretty tempting if I must say.
I am able to hold off purchasing until the 11th or 12th now which is better.
The gaming benchmarks for that mobo is for the M4A78T-E. They have similar sockets but the T version has DDR3 RAM and costs $20 more. Its a little tough to decide since the DDR3 is more 'future proof' but the cost of supplying DDR3 right now is a bit much locally.
That video card looks like a good deal for now so I will highly consider that over integrated. IGP was just a means to wait for a better deal but waiting for the ATI 5 series might be the better choice.