My budget is a mere $300 .. Luckily, I've got most other items (Case, PSU, HDD, etc.) taken care of. My current PSU is a Coolmax M-500B 500W and should suffice.
I'm looking to order this week, preferably from Amazon (as they actually provide free shipping to Alaska (USA) -- unlike Newegg) but I don't mind ordering from multiple places if the cost+shipping is less than Amazon.
The system will mainly be used for gaming (WoW, Skyrim, SW:TOR). Getting a stable 60fps on Ultra settings would be nice, but it is not a necessity.
I've always been a fan of AMD, and from what I'm seeing they're the brand to go with when on a limited budget. Intel seems to run about twice the price for the same GHz/cores, and as much as I'd love the extra power, it's not likely that I'll be able to go with an Intel setup.. but if it's possible, let's do it!
Overclocking is a maybe.. I'm not really interested in running Memtest for hours on end and I don't feel the need to push hardware to its limits.
I'd like to keep the possibility of SLI open, but for now I'm just going to throw in my Radeon HD 4550 until I can look at getting a new video card.
My current case is microATX, but I do have a larger case if there's a better deal on a different size of motherboard.
I've been doing a little bit of browsing on Newegg, though I'm flying blind as to what's good and what's crap these days...
The amd is the one I would choose just based on price and EZ overclock capability. For a board id say go full atx like the Asrock 970 extreme3 or gigabyte 970 boards not a fan of MSI and Micro boards. Also like the corsair vengeance ram instead of Crucial or XMS3. XMS3 is good ram though just prefer vengeance
I ended up ordering the Gigabyte UD3 and the AMD FX-6100 from Amazon.. the Phenom II x4 975 is out of stock on Amazon, and the shipping charge from Newegg would have meant I'd have to skimp on RAM (only 4GB instead of the 8GB I want) when I order that next week.
Edit: After mulling it over, I decided to cancel the FX-6100 order and wait until Amazon has the Phenom II x4 975 in-stock again.. since I'm waiting to order my RAM anyways.