APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: < $400 and as close to $300 before rebates SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Gaming (light-ish Valve products), Internet PARTS NOT REQUIRED: KB/M, Monitor, OS, HDD PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, wherever, etc. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to go AMD CPU with a Radeon GPU if possible (price/performance) OVERCLOCKING: Maybe? SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but I doubt it with the mobo restrictions my wallet shall create. MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900, I believe? (it's an LG w2061tq-pf)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd love to prepare for the fancy future (crossfire, eyefinity, etc.) but I doubt th budget can afford it.
I chose the triple-core thanks not only to the $40 discount with the MSI mobo, but the performance benchmarks over Athlon II dual-cores at such a slight increase in price.
I chose the 4670 mostly because I don't think I can afford to add a 5670 or higher right now. Besides, the 4670 doesn't bench too badly at PassMark...
I chose the Xclio set, due to some moderately favorable reviews of the PSU, and the case has loads of fans built-in already.
My only regrets are the lack of awesome in the GPU, almost zero expansion capability in the mobo, and a 'good' rather than 'great' PSU.