Oh, I don't need any memory either. I'm not going to encode any videos or do some heavy programming or anything, so I think the i5 might be a tad excessive. I don't think the i3 will bottleneck a 6870. And I can't go over 500 dollars, rebates or not
Total: $325 (shipping and taxes (if applicable) not included)
I wanted to use a HD 6850/6870, not the integrated graphics on that APU. And I think that APU will be overkill for my gaming/htpc build. I'm not planning to overclock, as I like my system cool and quiet. Can you recommend another good CPU?