Need suggestions on CPU / Motherboard to finish build

Finally pulling the trigger on my first Home Theater /Gaming PC. I have, ordered, or have in mind almost everything I need except the CPU and Motherboard and am looking for suggestion from all ya'll out there.

This is what I have so far:

Pretty sure on the following Memory and GPU, but any suggestions are welcome since i haven't ordered yet.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Already have/ordered the following so I'm good here.


Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB

Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-S-B 750W

Rosewill Wind Knight Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

So, I'm looking for the best CPU / motherboard combo around the $200 and as future proof as possible to go along with this setup.

Thanks in advance guys and girls.


The prerequisite "what I want" template below:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: over the next 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 200ish after shipping, before mail in rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HTPC (AVI, MKV, MOV, Hulu, Netflix, etc ... playback on Acer P235Hbmid 23 inch 1080p monitor, 42 Vizio VU42LF 1080p LCD TV, 120 Inch Optoma HD20 1080p Projector), Gaming (Never had a gaming PC, I'm a PS3/360/Wii guy wanting the ability to game if wanted/needed), Graphic Design (Adobe Design Premium CS3), Computer Programming (JAVA, Visual Basic, etc..)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Cabling, Operating System, Speakers, optical, hardrive, case, PSU, GPU, Memory.





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not a Big PC gamer but would like the option, Mainly into Home Theater. Wife is in school for programming.
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  1. The minimum you should go with is:
    Gigabyte 770TA-UD3 motherboard ($95)
    Athlon IIx3 CPU ($70-75)

    You might even move up to an Athlon IIx4 for around $100

    Either of those with a 5770 will provide excellent HTPC and good gaming.

    You might look for CAS7 or CAS8 ram at the same price as the CAS9 you have listed.
  2. Thanks for the input dndhatcher, totally forgot to add that I would like the possibility of CrossFireX/SLI in the future so I need two PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, the Gigabyte 770TA-UD3 only has one, my bad.

    Also, sorry for the newbishness but what would I lose/gain going with CAS7 or CAS8 ram as opposed to CAS9 ram.
  3. Been looking and I'm thinking this processor:

    AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    With one of these two boards:

    ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    Any thoughts on either of these two boards. And will both play nice with the HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 and the
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
  4. CAS7 and CAS8 are timings so the RAM can process more operations during the same number of cycles.

    If you are buying a new motherboard, I think you should get a model with USB3 as they are generally around the same price and USB3 has alot of potential value for high speed external devices. Things like downloading to your ipod at the substantially faster speeds of USB3 make me think it will become a valuable technology within a year or two. It seems SATA 6GB will take longer to become a mainstream technology.
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