I'm a first time builder, and I'm seeking advice on a $500 budget AMD-nVidia gaming/multi-purpose build. Let me know what you think of my choices. Thanks.
Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend (nVidia discount ends 11/21); but could wait if I could get better deals on nVidia GTX 460 768 or 1gb on Black Friday/Cyber Monday)
Budget Range: $500 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming/multi-purpose
Parts Not Required: keyboard, monitor (27” 1920x1080), mouse, speakers, OS (Windows Vista), tools
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: AMD CPU and nVidia GPU
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: Plan to dual boot Windows Vista and Linux (probably Debian); prefer nVidia for better Linux drivers. Also, I tried to pick components to allow for possible future upgradeability.
@zooted -- you say that the antec psu is good, but would it be enough to power the GTX 460?
I've been reading around, and I can't figure out the correct PSU requirements for the GTX 460 because it seems that you can have fewer watts (450) if you have high amps? I've heard that even a high Watt, but cheaper, PSU might not have enough amps for the GPU? Also, I haven't been able to figure out how many amps the PSUs have based on Newegg descriptions.
Would I be better off going with the highly rated OCZ Fatality 550W + a separate case? After rebates, it turns out this would cost as much as the Antec Sontata/500W psu combo.