I've been reading for several days now and I think I have a pretty solid idea of what I would want to build if I had the money right now. Now that I've been offered these parts however, I am thinking I could build a system around them and use them as placeholders for their near-future replacements.
I earnestly submit, for any approval or suggestions: "Saving for a rainy day, budget PC"
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: ~$350 before rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [WoW, League of Legends, L4D 1 / 2??, TF2, Quake3], Multi-tasking and web development/graphic design (hobby level) PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Peripherals, Monitor PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: Price / Performance ratio! OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x990+ ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
On the PSU however, I am wanting to start buying parts for my future system, not for this mobo/proc/GPU.
Efficiency is a consideration, but at this time I'm guessing my future equipment will include a Phenom II 955, several (3-4+) hdd's, 1 GPU with the potential to be upgraded for crossfire/SLI. Maybe either of these PSU's would still be overkill (?) but I'm looking to future-proof where possible.
Thank you for the recommendation. It is out of my price range but I've bookmarked it for when I do a full upgrade to check out.
I ended up being able to get everything I wanted to get (or similar) at Micro Center for the same price. Just beginning to optimize the system, but with the Hyper 212 plus the X2 3600+ is chilly at 26 celsius. I'll probably go overboard trying to overclock it, but I plan to buy a 5600+ anyway!