I agree with the previous poster in that you don't need a nvidia-based motherboard unless you are planning to use SLI. That site is good, but there are different philosophies when it comes to building PC's. Some aim for high performance regardless of cost, some want a PC that will not be too obsolete in a few years, some want the best value for performance, and others want something cheap that runs. You are correct in that your GPU is the weakest link in that setup, I suggest upgrading it whenever you have the cash.
Motherboard: ASRock M3A780GXH/128M AM3 AMD 780G
- This board is not as expensive as the previous one. You will also benefit with having the ability to Crossfire, should you get an ATI card and want to game. This is one of the newer boards that can support DDR3. $89
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
- This RAM is more expensive than the one originally selected, but the savings you're getting from a different motherboard offset the increased price. $64
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor
- Unless you're planning on gaming, you generally don't need a quad core processor. This triple core CPU will work well for your tasks. If you're on a tighter budget, the AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz
will also work for about $20 less. $119
Total Cost: $273
Edited by DJBPace07, 30 June 2009 - 02:37 PM.