CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video: XFX HD-467X-DDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Optical: LITE-ON iHAS424-98 LightScribe
Power: Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550W
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
OS: Windows 7 Home 64
SLI/Crossfire: no, never.
USB 3.0: yes please
Over-clocking: I'd rather not.
eSATA: on front panel of case, so not necessary for on-board
Slot usage & growth prospects: I will want to upgrade the sound and currently use a PCI sound blaster that I am assuming I will want to use - if that doesn't upgrade the sound enough I'll add a newer PCI or PCIe sound card. I want to add a TV tuner and/or capture device, "soon" (these are either PCI or PCIe). Want to be able to upgrade later to a Phenom II X6 proc.
At one point, I had this all picked out. Now the ability to grow into DDR3 PC1600 (or greater) vs. topping out at DDR3 PC1333 has me hesitating. I want to be smart about getting the most performance I can for my small dollar system, but also want room to grow in areas where performance gains can be realized and without over-clocking.
Feel free to ask me any questions that might help pinpoint an answer better or provide clarity if I confused you.
I will be doing mostly video and photo editing, web design, general office and light gaming - in that order. Light gaming ... meaning playing games whenever time permits and generally older games; the newest game I've got is Crysis, although admittedly it's because my system can't handle anything beyond that.
The 550W PSU is intended to make sure that I'm stable even after the addition of an additional HDD, 1-3 new PCI/PCIe cards, 4-6 USB devices (3 that draw, for sure) plus the ability to jump up to a deneb X4 or a Thuban X6 in time. I'm using http://www.antec.outervision.com/PSUEngine as my reference and I'm calculating 458W. Newegg had a good deal combined with a rebate on the 550W and so that seemed the time to pull the trigger.
On the ram... I see that particular item referenced all the time. It's a DDR3 PC1600 model. Since I'm not an over-clocker and both of the boards in question are PC1333 boards unless over-clocked... wouldn't I be better off sticking with PC1333?