Over clocking has never been an option of mine. I might though as this build becomes outdated before an upgrade. I'm trying to upgrade as much as possible as cheeply as I can. I'm planing on buying by the end of the month to catch the rebate deal on the mobo combo. Would it be possible to get more bang for my buck than this set up including the OS cost? Also, is there anything I forgot?
This system will still game but is already kinda outdated. Did you also need a PSU? Using your old video card might give you disappointing results. Games now a days are very GPU dependent. Here is a new up to date build which is a bit over budget, but it does at least leave you with some options..
Thanks for the responses! They both look like great deals. I'm looking to keep this as cheap as possible. Not to concerned about the system being up to date. Just need it to run better than the HP Pavilion I'm currently on with too much video card for the cpu. The MoBo combo comes with a PSU. With whats listed in the OP add on 100 bucks for win 7 and a dvd burner listed from above that'll be a price tag of about $310 after rebates. I'm kinda happy with that number. Any suggestions on a Video card upgrade that wont be bottle necking the cpu for around 90 buck?
As much as I would like to go with an Intel, this about all you are going to get for ~$500 with an OS. You said you would like to overclock a bit, so AMD is the way to go for your budget. Those i3's don't overclock well at all. I have a Phenom 925 and have it OC'd to 3.5GHz (up from 2.8) and it performs decent. You can OC the 7770 GHz GPU to get close to 7850 1GB specs. Don't worry about bottlenecking, it only happens with really high-end cards or really low-end CPUs. Anyway, shape, or form, this will be a big step up from your HP. (and the quad core will help out with photoshop)