USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pretty much just gaming and media playback. I'm replacing an iMac with a Macbook Pro and a gaming PC.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Generally Newegg of Frys (US)
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
Basically I'm looking to build a relatively decent system on the cheap. Already have the LCD, Mouse and Keyboard.
What I'm currently looking at:
* ATI 5770
* Athlon II X3 440
* ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO
* Antec 520w PSU
* CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB)
* Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB
I don't really care about running FSAA or any of that so much but would like to run modern games on higher settings at native resolution. It's been a while since I've built a machine so I feel a little rusty and am looking for a little feedback on the specs.
USB 3 isn't really too much of a concern for me. The only high bandwidth external devices will be my backup drives which are all firewire 800 (for use with my Mac hardware). You are correct in that the listed board doesn't have USB3, I'll look into other newer boards. In the past I've stuck with ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte. Should I be looking at any other brands these days? (like I said, it's been a while)