Thanks for all the excellent info and insight. I'm building a "light gaming" rig (just getting into gaming), but I will mainly use it for business (office, powerpoint, etc.) and internet. I was originally thinking of an i7-950 build, but you've convinced me that that is overkill and I should save $$$ on the CPU/MB for a future upgrade instead. So here is what I am thinking, please give feedback:
1. Is the GTX460 overkill, and/or should I do an 6850 instead? Or something else?
2. Some say the i5 and i7 outperform the AMD 965, in what ways? Will that even matter to me, or for business and light gaming is it a non issue? I'd like to save the $250 or so if it won't really matter for me.
Thanks again guys, you are the best! This is so much fun learning and i can't wait to build.
The gtx 460 is not overkill,it's overpriced in my opinion.A 6850 would be better and with xfire you could reach 5970ish performance.The build is generally overkill for your needs as even an athlon 2 x3 440 with a decent mobo and a 6850 with 800$ as a budget would be enough.If you are going to game lightly maybe even a 5750 would suffice.