SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, work.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard and Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Whatever works, have had good exp with newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever I can get the most out of for the next few years.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes a bit
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Future?
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Preferably: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: New top-of-the-line laptop got stolen a few months ago when I was living in a community of guys without any real morals>_<. I am just starting to get back on my feet, freedom in 2 Sundays(!), so I was looking into building a desktop that will get me started until I can afford to upgrade or replace into something with a bit more ummmphh..! Thanks for your help in advance. This present(thanks family) should make the transition back into life a bit easier.
Check out Microcenter.com, was just in one of their stores today, you can pick up an AMD chip with a free motherboard. So you could end up with like an Athlon II x4 for 100 bucks with a board. No crossfire most likely, but hey, use the cash saved for a better video card. Two camps on SLI/crossfire. One says SLI crossfire for the future, however, you likely might spend more up front for a better power supply and the board to run it, and who knows if you'll ever use that capability. The money saved on those things, you can get a single card that may last longer.
Check this page out man, here are the links for the combos I told you about. On there you can get the x4 and board for 99.99. No x3's, but they also have the Athlon II dual cores, the 250 specifically at 3.0 ghz for around 70 with an MSI board.
I would always advocate single GPUs even with higher budgets after the trend of lots of peeps buying pricey CF/SLI boards but realising how fast tech moves, how inefficient their original CF/SLI ideas become with the bigger , better GPUs of tomorrow @@ I'd grab the best single GPU my $$ allows me rather than work with 'maybes' and possibly end up with a white elephant of a pricey mobo - which again get obsolete with the kind of cutting edge storage/audio/pcie lanes solutions they slap on in the mobos of tomorrow.....