jfg wrote:I saw that motherboard and it looks good. A friend is going to give me a 64GB SSD for $20 so I'm set there. I'm glad I'm asking around on this stuff because I've had three people tell me they have parts laying around like the SSD, the case and a SATA that I can have for cheap. I'm a little hesitant to put used hard drives in the computer, but they aren't going to have important stuff on them, just games I can re-download from Steam and the OS. All important stuff is backed up on other external drives.
The Phenom showed up on Slickdeals today for $79 but has already expired. I just can't pull the trigger on any of this stuff until next week when I get paid. It's like the internet knows I want these parts and is mocking me. The only thing that I'm set on is that processor, unless I can find an i7 super cheap which probably isn't going to happen. The rest of it I'm flexible with as long as it's just as good for less. The Radeon 7700 just seemed the best for the price, if something better comes along when I have the cash, I'll jump on that.
ya i saw the phenom go up earlier today, super lame that it expired already. i wouldn't worry about used hard drives. just do a clean install (remember you're going to have to buy an OS version of windows unless you want to use the windows 8 beta) and you'll be fine.