Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
The plan is to get her up and running, and if I need to upgrade this MOBO leaves me some room to grow. It will hold 8-16 GB of the ram, has a 16x/4x crossfire possibility, and will hold any AM3 chip (phenom II x4(possiblity 6).
I have also seen this Athlon OC'd up to 3.77 with only an upgraded fan/heatsink. I would wager you could run it 3.4ish with stock cooling. One thing to consider on these is that with 1 core existing but not being used, you have built in heat dissipation. Odds are the unused core transfers heat better than copper.
I would like to see this machine push a 9000 or better 3dMark score. Any thoughts?