Also, what are the MOBOs any of you would recommend for these two proccesors?
I'm trying to make this machine as inexpensive as possible also and also wanted to know if upgrading to quad would make that big of a different now and in the future.
I will most likely be overclocking the system, it doesn't have to necessary
SLI/Crossfire is doubtful but may eventually use it when upgrading later
I have no monitor at the moment but resolution would probably be 1024x768 or the next step up.
The system will also be running on Windows XP 32 Bit
Your help is much appreciated,
Oh and also this system would be used for gaming; Counter-Strike: Source, WoW, L4D2 and I would also like it to be capable of handling upcoming games such as Starcraft 2, Diablo 3, Final Fantasy 14 and the new Half-Life Engine (eventually).
Parts not needed: OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor(unless it is cheap), speakers
Aprox. purchase date: This week
I also don't mind sacrificing some perks now for a lower price and upgrading things later, basically I want to get it as cheap as possible.
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103724
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Beg, borrow or steal money for the rest. $700 including a monitor for a gaming pc is stretching it. The upcoming games will be more quad-core & gpu intensive. The HD 4860 is not a bad card. I looked for a 500W PSU, but a quality one cost more than $50. Might as well get a good psu + a case for $100. This Antec case is quiet & decent. Better than anything under $50.
Oh, the reason for X3 is that the 4th core MAY be unlocked.