APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: late April BUDGET RANGE: 800-900 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (e.g., Battlefield Bad Company 2) , web browsing, Photoshop, school work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU (generally cheaper than Intel), Gigabyte or Asus motherboard, and XFX video card (for their warranty)
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I’m hoping to build a computer that will last me 3+ years, and so would this motherboard be a good option? I know there are more expensive ones with USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s features, but are they really worth the extra 40 or 50 dollars?
You don't necessarily have to pay 30-40 dollars more for SATA6Gb/s and USB3.
Gigabyte 770 USB3/SATA6Gb/s - 99.99 (they call it SATA3 but its the same thing) http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=47584&vpn=GA...
This offers the similar features to the one you listed but lacks the integrated graphics.
Awesome, thank you both for your feedback. I definitely will be using the pricematch option when it comes time to purchase the parts. Right now, I'm just trying to get an idea of what I should be paying attention to when I'm looking around computer part shops.
I think in the end I'll try to see if I can find a faster HDD, possibly the one batuchka suggested as 1TB is a bit over what I think I'll actually need. Also, thanks for pointing out the IDE DVD drive, for some reason I overlooked that.