CPU & RAM: Phenom II x4 955 & OCZ Platinum 4GB RAM $257.98
Total: $722.87 before rebates & shipping
The things I'm interested in your input on is the RAM & Mobo. If I could get a mobo w/o integrated graphics I'd like to pick up a HD 4850 GPU instead. I'm not really interested in gaming, so I'm not sure if a 4850 would be overkill. Also, what would be a good aftermarket HSF if I wanted to overclock the CPU to 3.6-3.8 or so? Thanks in advance for your help
MOBO w/ integrate graphics can still use a discrete GPU, just go into bios to disable integrated.
Couple changes I'd suggest, I'll throw a build together in a bit.
Sorry about that my wording was confusing, I realize I have the ability to use a separate GPU even with integrated graphics, I was just looking for a board w/o integrated for a little cheaper with the same chipset, etc. that would allow budget room for a 4850 instead of the 4670 I have picked out right now. Thanks for the changes though
I'm not really interested in gaming, so I'm not sure if a 4850 would be overkill.
Hmm if i were u i'd either hit 790GX/785G or if u want SATA 6GB/s native support and USB 3.0 890GX? I've calculated that either is well within your budget and for non gaming rigs the IGP on these would suffice ^^