Approximate Purchase Date: whenever, sometime soon would be cool but i havent even totally decided if it is worth it yet.
Budget Range: 300-350$ (there is a reason i am even bothering with this price range)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming, not much until i save more money after build, as i have almost no PC games right now. so mostly regular tasks for quite a while. (not much need for crazy high end parts)
Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard, hard drive maybe, OS maybe, case, extra fans, cd drive, lots of older parts i have been itching to use. The hard drive has windows xp pro, but its an old IDE/ATA/PATA and only 20 gb, same one i use on my current garbage desktop, they are duplicates basicly, i may buy larger hard drive later on. same situation with OS, im okay with XP, i have used it since i was a kid, and DX9 is what most games ported fom xbox are made for anyway. also i dont think i will need more than 4 gb of ddr3 yet.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, i like all my parts from the same place.
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: well, brands arent as much of a specialty for me, mainly anything that is usually reliable. I already picked some parts, this is an UPGRADING BUILD so some of the parts are lower end performance wise.
Overclocking: Maybe only in the future, the mobo i picked out is kind of needed, as i am using older parts, which need IDE interfaces for bothe hard drive and optical drive, but it supports core unlocking for AMD and overclocking.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe only if i ever upgrade the motherboard, which is unlikely unless i also upgrade hdd, cd, and os at the same time..
Monitor Resolution: with current monitor, 720p, 4:3 17" lcd. might upgrade in the future.
Additional Comments: okay, here is my thoughts for this, and current build specs. i have the case (-60$) the hdd and os (-200$?) the optical drive (-20$)
some spare fans (-10-30$?) so that just leaves power supply, CPU, mobo, GPU, RAM.
CPU- AMD Athlon II x3 (prob unlock to phenomII x4) 80$
PSU- either Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified, Single 12V Rail 60$ or hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Continuous @ 40°C ATX 12V v2.2 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
RAM- Gskill Ripjaws 4gb 2x2gb 1333 30-40$
GPU- N/A im going to use the integrated GPU for a while, it i sbetter than intel, and as i said i will not do much gaming at first, my grandmothers AMD 64 desktop could play the only game i play a lot (minecraft) about 2-3 times as good as my laptop. but when i do upgrade it will be most likely a Zotac GTX 550Ti, i know the power supplies are more watts than i need, but i might eventually add the 550ti, another data hard drive, more ram (if i upgrade OS), and possible a better phenom II, but im not sure yet anyhow. i am NOT expecting ultra settings, i dont mind lower ones, the xbox360 which i use often i think only plays at medium settings, and it is a small monitor i will be using, i might even use my 15" 4:3 lcd. if there is something really wrong or similar to what i have but better in some way, i would love to hear your opinion, but dont troll me abotu how much better an i7 or some crap would be, i already know, my budget isnt going to budge much. thanks.
Total Puts you at exactly 348.95 + S&H which shouldnt be much. dont be discouraged by the dual core hyper threading is enabled so under stress heavy parts your running an extra 2 cores. happy building.
what about OS? adds 60 for OEM windows XP, 100 for win 7, and the motherboard has no support for IDE, so i cant re use any optical drives or my hard drive. As i said, i didnt really want intel for this, it is supposed to be super cheap, 350 was if i really wanted to wait another couple weeks to save up the extra money, and no overclocking headroom on the i3, i know it games better, also any upgrades would cost more if i went with that, i looked into intel, none of their boards that are worth anything have IDE, sorry to totally troll out your suggestions, it just wouldnt work, and would be too far over budget, sadly.
cant afford 500$ anmd aldso i cant use in6tel becauseliek i said, i am re using old parts that use IDE connections which most if not all intel mobos do not have, and amd board have better features for lower price, and all the low end boards arent crap, like most low end h61 boards are. this is super tight budget.