Approximate Purchase Date: Today if possible!
Budget Range: Lower the better, wife'll kill me
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, Poker, Videos, Diablo 3 after upgrading Video Card
Parts Not Required: Antec 300 Case, Corsair 430CX PSU, WD Green 1TB, GeForce GT220 1gb
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: Corsair, AMD due to price
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050
This is what I've come up with:
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
So you have 59+75+25 w/free shipping = 159-15 MIR= $144, I know this is $19 dollars more in the end but the other components you have linked are just not that good (meaning the mobo and ram) at least you spend 20 more and what you get is better quality components that will last you a bit longer (and could even eventually support a Deneb or 6-core... so that is why I think my combination of parts would be a much better buy... and considering that you can get it your door after MIR for 144 I think it is well worth the upgrade, then you will be sufficiently setup to upgrade that gt220 to a 550ti or 6850 or something of the likelihood if you wish, good luck
really in the end the combo deals on newgg dont save you that much money unless you are buying something that costs a grand so Id rather pay the extra 20 bucks and get decent parts before I spend 80-90% of the cost that you would have in the first place on inferior parts imo, my 2 cents
Not to mention the board you chose is not upgrade able to the new cpu's coming out.
I think you should save your money, get at least a X4 955/AM3+ motherboard/DDR3, then you have the option to upgrade to bulldozer.
Or i3-2100/H61 motherboard/DDR3 and have the option to upgrade to Ivy Bridge next year.
to accomplish that it will be a significantly larger amount of money, thanks for your enthusiasm, that biostar board offers a lot for the price imo considering that the OP is upgrading from some sort of lowly desktop and given their budget, I don't see how these are terrible choices? its cheap, it gets the job done....
^no way not with digital downloads that will never happen, in fact that is how I purchased Sc2 is through battlen.net... and I remember reading that D3 will require an online connection to play as well...the single player that is.