After trying to bring myself back up to speed, this is what I am considering. I'm hoping the experts here can help point out the weaknesses or suggest better combination's for me.
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard - AMD 890GX, AM3, DDR3, USB, RAID, ATX $149.99
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan $149.99
Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel $97.99
Apevia X-Cruiser ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Audio and Firewire Ports $69.99
I'm not sure about this case yet
Ultra X3 ULT40073 600-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration $99.96
Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower $64.99
I also have a barracuda 500GB hard drive and a few good optical drives that I'll use.
So far I am at $633 and I feel I'm getting a hell of a machine for that price. I will look into a graphics card latter since the Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 GPU will accomplish most of what I need right now.
I'm also looking into a SSD that I will load Windows 7 Professional on for quicker start-ups...
So where am I wrong here? What can I improve yet keep it under $700?
Edited by RecklessTim, 07 October 2010 - 10:42 PM.