I haven't made any purchases yet, and I likely won't for another 1-3 months (hopefully just the one), but here's what I am thinking for my new set up. I can't believe how much this system is going to trump my current one for nearly 1/3 of what my current one originally cost. If only I knew then, what I knew now.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Processor
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320-P2-N811-AR Video Card (320MB)
RAM: 2GB (all I need for now, upgradeable to 16GB if I ever need to rule the world from my PC)
PSU: Rosewill 500w Stallion Series
HDD: A Seagate Barracuda 3.0GB/s 250GB SATA drive
Throw in a nice dual-fan case, a PCI coolant fan (AMD chips run hot), some cheap speakers and...
My grand total for all of this comes to: $652.02 with shipping.
I am one happy camper right now, especially since some of these prices could fall more in the next month or two. Playing some of the games I have been on my current AGP card has been a trial in temper, especially after being used to my 360's smooth performance in 1080i (no HDMI cables for that thing yet, nor will I probably for a while).
But with money coming my way thanks to taxes and some design work, this little system is but a month or two away I think. Can't wait to take the day it all arrives off and piece it together. I'm sure I'll want a new monitor shortly thereafter, but the 19" 4:3 LCD is good for now.
What say you fellow geeks? Does this set up look good for the price or what?