The Antec will work fine, the main differences between the two units are the number of connectors. If you're not planning on installing several hard drives and graphics cards, than the connectors don't pose a problem. You can go for the Phenom II X3 and overclock it easily since it is an unlocked Black Edition processor. The dual core CPU I suggested is, hardware wise, a quad core CPU. AMD just chose to turn off two cores, same thing with a triple core CPU, AMD simply turned off one core. Most games that have been released within the last couple of years or so can handle dual core setups easily, since they've been coded with that technology in mind. Games that can take quad cores are fewer since they are relatively new and more difficult to code for. Personally, I would go for a quad core CPU and reduce the power of the graphics card until I had the money to buy a top-of-the-line card like the Radeon HD5870. This is because, in my opinion, removing and installing a new CPU is more intensive than a graphics card, especially if you're unfamiliar with building a PC. With some games, they are CPU or GPU bound, relying on one or the other more, however, the CPU has to be fast enough to send data to the GPU to avoid a bottleneck. With Windows there are two different kinds of copies of the OS, retail and OEM. Retail copies are uncommon and come in boxes like most off-the-shelf software. If you or anyone has purchased an upgrade edition of Windows, then it came in retail packaging. Full retail copies of the operating system are available, but they cost a premium. OEM copies are what most people have. These editions of Windows are installed by OEM's, like Dell or HP, and cost less since they are subsidized by those companies and they provide any end-user support. Newegg, TigerDirect, and other retailers get OEM copies in under a license agreement with Microsoft. They can sell them to end users with the understanding that the user will provide any support if needed. Part of the agreement also stipulates that they are to be sold to system builders who, in turn, sell them to others. However, there are various exclusions in the agreement so anyone can buy the OEM copy without reselling the PC. There is no difference, software wise, between the retail and OEM copies. Only the license is different. OEM copies are tied to the motherboard and cannot be moved to another, different motherboard. Retail copies can be moved from PC to PC.
Edited by DJBPace07, 14 October 2009 - 09:32 PM.