March 2013 - @$600-700 bucks (US-Midwest) for a new PC self-build

Hello,

I am looking to build a new rig and have around 600 bucks for the box. I am picking up additional monitors and the TrackIR system for games, but I will also be doing work from home (telecommute+) from this machine, so SOLID is what I'm after, advice?
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  1. Will you need to purchase a operating system?
  2. Here is a 4-core Amd build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $600.21
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 20:59 EST-0500)


    intel build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.47 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $598.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 21:07 EST-0500)
  3. Thank You, yes I will need to upgrade to Win8. I currently operate my desktop off of WinVistaHome and my laptop of Win7. I'm going to include a win7x64 for the new system. I am also hoping to add rather quickly a SSD drive and other odds and ends. Might I ask are the Radeon cards picked for price or because of bench-marking. I have never used ATI cards very much, primarily a GeForce user. Now for video I'd be willing to give the Radeon a shot if its for good reasons, but as I said more familiar and prefer the GeForce. for CPU I love the AMD, but I'm not stuck to it, which ever has a better price break and higher performance works for me. . . . again, thank you very much, appreciate it, the more input I get with solid build outs the better shot I'll have at making wiser choices at the register :)
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