Budget AM3 build sub $600 CAD

This is my second post, my first build got rejected by the 'boss' so I've lowered the price.
My current usage is just browsing, emailing, Word'07, Excel'07, video converting, downloading.
I have at least 5 USB devices on the go at once and several others that get rotated in (USB drives, GPS, iPods).
I no longer play games on the PC (though I may fire up CIV IV once a year for a Saturday) so graphics are not too much of a concern which is why I'm considering the 785. All I need is my DVI out for my monitor and my laptop and PS3 do the rest.
I guess my question is, will the GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H meet my basic needs and provide some headroom for OCing, or should I stick with the GA-MA770T-UD3P + video combo to keep possible future needs open.

I currently have these components to be installed :

WD800AAJS SATA 80Gb HD (new)
WD3200AAKS SATA 320Gb HD (new)
Samsung SH-S223F SATA DVDRW (currently using)
Xigmatek HDT-SD964 HSF (new)
Thermaltake Xaser III case (VERY used, since 2001 (original PS))

Reconfigured budget build :

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V

Shipped with taxes : $466.92 (-$25USD Rebate)

My previous build was :

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4850 100245HDMI Video Card

Shipped with taxes : $555.65 (-$35USD Rebate)

There is always an option for me to just purchase the original build (GA-MA770T-UD3P) and suffer the consequences later if that would be the better purchase. I'm looking for LONGTERM usage here. I'm currently rocking a Barton 3200+ on an ASUS UL8 with a Ti4200 video card.

I plan on running Win7 x64 when I get this.
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  1. I don't understand what you are doing with this change. Not that I disagree, but you seem to have some concept about these two boards that is untrue.

    You seem to be saying that the 785G board is somehow inferior to the 770, because it won't last as long?

    If the budget is tight you can save all sorts of money. You don't need DDR3, as long as you buy 4GB up front that will last you a good long time.

    Asus 785G MB AND 720BE -207
    Corsair DDR2 1066 CL5 -70
    OCZ500SXS -70 You have no need for a 600W PSU. This one will easily power anything up to 4870 or so.

    HIS 4650 -59 (Optional)

    Sunbeam CCTF If you are going to OC you need a good cooler that is cheap. This one does a great job and comes with paste.

    Even with the cooler and the card, this puts you at $440 minus some for rebates.

    Here, treat yourself to a USB hub :)
  2. +1 ^ and an appropriate treat even
  3. I guess I was asking if since I am not going to be doing anything video intensive (unless editting/converting uses GPU), do I need to bother with getting a proper video card.
    If I implied the 785 was inferior it was a mistake, it was just I found more 770T usage online than the 785. Onboard video is not something I would normally consider.
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    Ah well the 785G is the newer chipset.

    Onboard is fine, but will struggle in Civ IV. I know you don't think of Civ IV as a graphically intensive game, but it does make certain demands. Scrolling across the landscape would be rather depressing ;)

    The onboard will handle movies and such just fine though, especially with the relatively strong CPU.
  5. thanks a bunch !
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