CPU: Meh... that's OK. I went with an i5-750, but to each his own.
Mobo: Holy hell that's a expensive mobo.
GPU: 5850 if you can find it.
PSU: Nice. Have a Corsair 650 HX myself.
CPU Cooler: No. Try again.
Hard Drive: Nice. I got the 640 GB Black. No regrets.
RAM: 8 GB for $180? Sweet!
CD: Meh. Whatever.
I scored a 22 inch Asus LCD (2ms GTG) for $139 on Buy.com... being in Canada your mileage will vary.
quote: "I'm a bit hesetant with the LGA 1136 socket though. Most people expect te socket to have a very short lifetime, where as AM3 and LGA1366 have upgrade paths.
Plus the 790FX platform I put the AMD on supports 2 GPU's in 16x, not the 8x of the 790GX/P55 "
i think you meant 1156, anyways yes the 1366 will have a better upgrade path in the future because of gulftown which will cost over 1000+ when it comes out, so not relevant to you. the i5 750 owns anything amd has so no competition.
x16 x16 vs x8 x8, yes you will get more performance with x16 x16 but only say 0-5% more vs x8 x8 while using crossfire/sli. so there's not much to debate here. you are going to use 1680x1050 monitor so you aren't going to crossfire/sli anyways unless you upgrade.
by the way you never mentioned if you need a monitor or not..just making sure..
Don't buy Asus Motherboard for AMD cpu, theyr really dropped the ball lately. I got a M4A78T-E and I got Hypersync flood error with X4 mode enabled. It is also something that occur with native X4 cpu like the 955. Right now, MSI is the the brand I trust the most with AMD.
cpu : PII 955
motherboard : MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3
gpu : XFX 5850
HDD : WD Caviar Black 1TB
RAM : 4 gig OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600
case : Cooler Master HAF 922 or 932
power supply : Corsair 750 TX (if you plan to crossfire) or OCZ 700W ModXstream (if you don't plan to crossfire)
cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus
Sound Card : OMEGA Striker or any Auzentech will do (IMO, a good sound card is also important for gaming and any HTPC setup)
DVD burner : anything NEC, try to avoid LG... noisy dvd drives