Additional Comments: Definitely trying to build a QUIET machine here. The one I am replacing has a PNY 9800 GTX card in it and sounds like a jet taking off. It doesnt need to be silent, but would prefer quiet components. Also, I do have working keyboards available, but wouldnt mind picking up a new one if there are some good deals. I do want to have wireless LAN.
Note the promo code on the HDD will take $20 off that price.
Alright, so i nixed the DVD burner because I already have one, and that took the total down to 586.94.
I like the suggestions you have made, and it looks like good components for what I need. I have a couple questions regarding this package:
1. How much benefit would it be to use the next level i5 processors? (Such as the 2500 or 2500K)
2. Also, I noticed some talk of newer processors coming out soon. Would it be in my best interest to wait until then to buy if I can manage with what I have for a little longer? (or is that irrelevant at this price point)
3. Do I need any additional components to what you have listed (CPU Fan? Mounting supplies?)
4. Any other suggestions?
I disagree strongly with the FX chips, they're terrible. Even though they have "8" cores, they fail to perform compared to Sandy Bridge chips. In a few multi-threads the FX-8120/50 performs but in general, loses out.
FX-8150 vs i5 2400 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=363
Keep in mind the 8150 is $270 or $260 @ Microcenter and the i5 2400 is $190 or $150 @ Microcenter.