Hello, I'm looking for an efficient, relatively future-proof build for the price [around $600] to run Fedora on a dual monitor setting. I intend to dual boot with Windows 7 in the near future, for gaming purposes, but this will be after I can afford a video card as well. As of now, I'll be transferring over my 8800 GT. This is my first build so there might be some incompatibility issues or general discrepancies, but so far I've compiled this rig:
Note: I plan to use this rig for, among other things, low-level game design, software engineering, general entertainment, and gaming[eventually]. Suffice to say, I'm looking for budget versatility. Please tell me what you think, any alternatives would be much appreciated.
Thank you very much for the response. Looking it over, at least to the best of my knowledge, your suggestions have been solid and I've made changes accordingly to the CPU, SSD, HDD, and PSU. As for the mobo, however, it seems the ASROCK Extreme 3 [not sure if there's multiple models] is a LGA 1366 socket based MB, and most applicable CPUs would stress my budget. I'm liking the Phenom X4 955, though, and think it would suit me very well.
The ASUS M4A87TD is a fine board also, but has the same "limitation" for future graphics upgrades having only one 16x PCIe slot (...and the second at 4x). If you don't feel you would ever use multiple GPUs then either of those boards would work fine.
Ah, my apologies, I had to search and found only the X58 line, not sure why your original link wasn't working...
Since I don't want to cut off my options, not to mention the ASRock seems to have better "peripherals" as well, I'll definitely be heeding your suggestion.
One more concern if I may, I was looking at other Corsair alternatives to the PSU you suggested and found this one. Would this suit me better if I were intent on eventually using dual GPUs? Or would the extra wattage go to waste? Should I get it just to be on the safe side anyway, if it fell within my budget?