APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month (around mid june 2010)
BUDGET RANGE: $500-550 including $2.5-3/lb shipping that my courrier charges(might be able to stretch it to a little bit over $600 if needed, rebates don't apply as I don't live in the US)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: software development (dreamweaver, photoshop, visual studio, sql server, virtual machines running linux and apache/php/mysql), gaming (not too fancy, will ocassionaly play games like gta iv, flight sim x etc)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, case, speakers, monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Since I live outside of the US, I can't buy from newegg. But will use that site as reference anyways, if possible, I would like some recommendations about which sites have the best prices for the parts i will list (I use a courrier service that's located in florida so the packages can be delievered there and then they forward them to my country, sadly, newegg refuses to support this ).
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like the build to be AMD based.
OVERCLOCKING: Not really
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will list a video card but it won't be included in my initial purchase cause i can't afford it right now but will want to buy it later for gaming.
... all that is lookin' purdy good, thus far ... just some balancing adjustments and cost/performance "trade-offs" to consider, at this point.
... At SOME point (maybe not right at first) consider the HYPER 212+ cooler ....
... SOME folks would rather order an OEM CPU (does not come with factory cooler) which can save up to $10 ... and that $10 savings can be applied to a $30 Hyper 212+, after-market cooler (which will allow better OC overhead).
... Since budget is tight ... May just want to go with stock cooler, but still spend the $10, on faster 1600c7 ram, just so you can OC, at some point.
Hmm while i understand the choice of an IGP AM3 mobo due to chugging along before possibly having more funds to nab that juicy discrete calculating your cost for chip+board its $206 and you're on a 700 series board Perhaps go with a juicy 880G/ATX featuring bigger/better tech ^^