That $833 is just for core components, not for the entire package. Oh, if you're not playing games, that card I suggested is way too overkill for you. I assumed, given your budget, that you were a high-end gamer. The GTX 260 is a decent card, for $170 it is a reasonable mid-level card. That card is similar to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 in terms of performance. Depending on the application, the HD 4870 could run a little faster. You could get the SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB
which is a refresh of the HD 4870 or you can get a SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 1GB
for $149. Also, since you will most likely not be using Crossfire as you don't game much, a mid-ATX case can work. However, many graphics cards are very long and can encroach into hard drive cages on mid-towers. The LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
or the Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
are alternatives. Both of these cases will fit the longer cards, with a bit of work. That power supply you posted is good. It's from a respected company and can power the PC, but if you later decide to Crossfire/SLI or get one of the dual-GPU graphics cards, you may find yourself underpowered. One of the advantages of an AMD system is the lower cost. Since you don't play games on your PC, the i7 may be a little overpowered. Comparing the motherboard I chose to yours is simple. The MSI allows for the i7 CPU's, triple channel DDR3, and both SLI and Crossfire. The Asus I chose allows for AM3 CPU's, dual channel DDR3, and Crossfire only. If you are planning on using two or more graphics cards, which is unlikely since you don't game, then the SLI or Crossfire option is negated as you won't use it. Both boards use DDR3, but one uses triple channel or three identical sticks in unison. In gaming, the differences, though slight, between dual and triple channel are a bit more obvious. But if you have the same memory capacities in both boards, the difference would be minor. Additionally, the Asus I selected is about $40 less for many of the same features. Next is the CPU. Once again, there are differences as noted in an article I posted earlier. At higher clock speeds, the Phenom II can almost match the i7 920 in performance. If you play first person shooters, like Crysis, the five or so extra frames per second you get with the i7 920 could be beneficial if you play alot. Of course, the actual performance varies based on the application running, most obviously games. One major difference between the two CPU's is their multiplier. The Phenom II has an unlocked multiplier making overclocking extremely easy whereas the i7 920 does not. The i7 975 has overclocking abilities of its own, for a very high price. The price is also a major difference, $40 cheaper if you want the Phenom II 965 or $80 cheaper if you want the 955. As for the RAM, the MSI will downclock the RAM to DDR3-1333 since DDR3-1600 is not supported. As for the GPU, the Radeon HD 4870 can also give similar performance to the GTX 260 for less cash.
Here are some hot-off-the-presses reviews of the 965.I4U News - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU ReviewTom's Hardware - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition ReviewHotHardware - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU Review
Edited by DJBPace07, 12 August 2009 - 11:21 PM.