Trying to build a decent gaming / general rig for as little as possible due to my now being old with kids. The build im posting below is a take off on the last system builder marathon that Tom's hardware did. You will see 3 motherboards posted below, if someone could hit me with the highlights of each or which one fits my stuff the best, thanks.
Im trying to leave myself some growth room / overclocking space to boost up my limited parts.
Wester Digital Caviar Black 500gb - 69.99
XFX HD 5750 1 GB XFire Ready - 129.99
GSKILL 4GB 240 pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 - 109.99
AMD Athlon II X3 Rana 2.9 GHz - 70.99
Artic Cooling Freezer 64 pro - 27.99
Antec 300 Illusion and Antec EQ 650w PSU - 119.98
Motherboards all Gigabyte
GA-MA790GPT-UD3h AM3 - 119.99 15 MIR avail
GA-790XTA-UD4 AM3 SATA 6 USB 3
GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 SATA 6 USB 3
The Katana II was reviewed at frostytech and is still ranked at one of the top 10 quietest. I would imagine the Katana III is a solid heatsink, and likely pretty quiet. If you want better cooling power though, the CM Hyper 212+ is the one to get.