Looking to build my 1st PC and want take a shot at unlocking a 4th core and have 2 set ups with a couple % off promos ending today. Looking to buy with room to dual GPU down the road possibly. Want to play FFXIV in 720p and maybe 1080p after upgrading.
I'd go with at least a Phenom II X4. The motherboards look ok, but if you want dual GPUs later, just verify it has SLI/CrossFire support (usually both). I'd personally go with an ASUS board.
Go with the GTX 460; it's an amazing card for the price you're paying.
G.Skill RAM is probably the best you can get for the price. My personal favorites are Kingston and Patriot in addition to them.
If you want to do SLI or Crossfire, with those cards, I'd look at 750W PSUs. I have an i7 setup and 1 GTX 460, but am looking at getting another, which requires at least 750W. Granted, your computer probably uses less power. If you'd like to verify, stick your ideal parts for this build into this PSU calculator to get a fairly good estimate on what size PSU to get: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
Define "new AM3 motherboard." I found an MSI AM3 with the 980a chipset that is SLI capable. I know there are issues with the 790 chipset.
It didnt have USB3/SATA3, did it? nforce 980a is an older chipset that doesnt support them. Used to be quite a few nForce boards. Last i checked there are 4 only left: 2 MSI and 2 ASUS. So far I dont see any new AMD CPU/nvidia SLI solution in the near future.