$500 New Build - Need advice on components

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: software development, watching videos, development server, light gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, any software including OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, any other site that ships in US

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:
* AMD processor - I was looking at Phenom II X4 965. I suppose a 4 core will be sufficient for my usage
* MOBO - probably ASUS (I can go for any reliable one, though)
* PSU - Corsair

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments:
I want to have 8Gigs of RAM, am not looking to make it future proof - just need for it to suffice me for around 3 years. I needed advice from the techies about the parts that I can use in the budget. Was also planning to get a video card. Thanks a lot for looking.
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    I'd honestly wait till after the 19th. AMD is releasing BullDozer, and while it may be a flop, there will be a fire sale on the AM3 procs (ie the X6). Look into getting an AM3+ board (in case BD doesn't suck too badly).

    $30 Xigmatek ASGARD II
    $70 Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W ($30 MIR)
    $88 GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    $45 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($5 off with code)
    $19 LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R
    $60 Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb ($6.50 with DVD combo)
    $110 PowerColor AX6770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 (sometimes cheaper on Amazon, and Tigerdirect)
    $120 AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (will drop after the 19th)

    $542 (prices will come down on the AM3 procs after the 19th)
  2. Thanks for your reply, IH8U.

    I took your advice and waited, but seems that AMD is in no mood to slash the prices. So here is a list of items that I am thinking of getting:

    1. LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    2. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    3. SAPPHIRE 100338L Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814102941
    4. Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371031
    5. G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
    Item #: N82E16820231422
    6. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX bundled with: 1x ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
    Total cost comes out to be $513, and this does not include the case yet. I want some help about the specs that I have chosen. Could you guys please have a look - does this seems okay?

    Additional Comments:
    CPU: I was deciding b/w these the X4 955, and X4 965 processors. Both cost essentially the same.
    MOBO: Besides the ASUS one I mentioned, I also found this interesting. Does an ASROCK mobo match upto ASUS?
    Graphics card: Do you have a better suggestion? Its just that I dont want to spend too much in a Video card, sonce this rig isn't a gaming rig
    Case: Have not selected one yet. Would be great if someone could suggest something.

    Finally, I am trying to keep this thing below $600, so any suggestions are very welcome, and appreciated. Thanks.
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