For the CPU a AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) priced at $130 on amazon seems like a great value. I've heard a lot of Intel fan-boys (I am one myself), but is it really worth the added cost? I'm willing to upgrade the CPU late. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I want a motherboard that is easy to setup, and is as compatible with my system as possible. Two 16x pci-e would be nice for the possibility to run another Firepro card down the road (crossfire), I don't know much about brands but here are two options that might work well?
Will 8Gb of 1600 DDR3 memory (2x4Gb) be enough, could always expand to 16Gb if I needed it. Is ECC RAM (Error-Correcting Code Memory) important for the work I'm going to be doing? Any good deals out there?
Don't know much about PSUs, Wattage?, Brand?
The GPU runs off the motherboard power.
Looking for a minimalist case with minimal cost. Suggestions please.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
I am considering Win8 64, but Win7 64 if its considerably cheaper. What is the cheapest way to get a licence?
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon prime
Location: Online. San Luis Obispo, California and Oahu, Hawaii
This is my first AMD system, seems like a better value. But really what it comes down to is real world performance vs. cost.
Overclocking: If I need it
SLI or Crossfire: Possibly later
Additional Comments: I want to build a tough system that I can expand on when I have the money
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current dell XPS laptop with a I7 2630QM @ 2GHz and Geforce GT 525M is just not cutting it.
I haven't built a PC in a long time, but I'm trying to do my research. Any thoughtful advice would be appreciated!!!