OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future (to unlock 4th core if not faulty) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 on a 22" LG.
I previously planned this rig with a 965BE and a top-end 790 chipset mobo. However, dropping those for the listed Athlon II X3 440 and lowering the mobo chipset to a 785 have made enough saving that I can get a new HDD and Win7, which wasn't possible before. Also, still having a very competent AM3 mobo means if I decide the upgrade is worth it, I can in the future upgrade my CPU to a more high-end piece.
The above build comes to £480, which is nicely within budget and leaves a little leeway.
I'm now looking for some reaction to the planned build before ordering it. Any thoughts or critique welcome!
Have you thought about trying to unlock the two defunct cores on the Phenom II X2 550? It's around the same price as the Athlon II X3 440.
The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro comes with some thermal compound pre-applied, so you could save yourself £5 not buying some extra.
Personally I would go for OCZ StealthXStream 600W over the Arctic Power as it has enough connectors and power for crossfiring lower end cards or for one of the higher end 5000 series cards.