right now the selection of AM3 mobos is fairly slim on newegg and the couple of other sites Ive perused...however I considered the Asus sabertooth 990FX heavily. Its currently 200 bucks at the moment tho
edited specs for current suggestions... that actually gets the build cost down to about $715 after rebates. I put in a single XFX 6870. with a am3 socket on that gigabyte mobo and everything being crossfire ready that certainly leaves me some upgradability a little further down the road... any other opinions/ suggestions? I was looking to spend around 750 bucks...I could possible take the cpu up to a X6 1100T.... or would I be better off waiting for the new new bulldozer line of AMD CPUs and upgrade to one of those later from the x4 I currently have shown
I know what you mean....this being my first build in 6 years heightens it as well... my current rig is a AMD Athalon FX... one of the first gen 64bit cpus if Im not mistaken.
Being on a budget these days tho... I, like everyone else in my position, just want to get the most bang for my buck and not seriously overkill on hardware vs what I use my PC for. WoW, Warhammer, Rift, Aion... not exactly hardware intensive titles...but Ive missed out on some of the newer PC games with this old machine and want to get another 4 to 6 years of playability with this new rig
Since you don't need the GPU power, I think a pair of 460s wont do much. You do get higher performance, but it leaves you with little upgrade room and a CPU gap.
If you have money leftover than you want to spend though, go for the Sabertooth and a nice cooler. A cooler not only make thing run quieter even if you don't plan to OC, you can also uses for quite a while.