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I need help with a build. Well, not really an entire build. Honestly all I need is the motherboard, a cpu, the RAM, and operating system. So the price really isn't as restrained as it sounds.
Obviously I want to go the AMD route with this, which I've never done, so I'd like any suggestions.
I'm looking AM3, and probably a Phenom X4, DDR3, and so on.

Also, what is the cheapest and most reliable way of going about getting a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium? I've never honestly bought an operating system, so I'm a bit confused. If I purchase a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade that means I won't be able to install that on a new drive without a pre-existing Windows installation, correct? I just want the cheapest solution.

Thanks for any help
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i3 560 MSI H55M-E33 ATI Radeon 5670 8 GB Patriot DDR3 RAM 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate Apevia 500 Watt nMediaPC Redwood HTPC 8000 
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Intel Core i3 560 MSI H55M-E33 ATI Radeon 5670 8 GB Patriot DDR3 RAM 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Ultimate Apevia 500 Watt nMediaPC Redwood HTPC 8000 
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If you buy an upgrade Windows 7, you will be able to install legally even without having an already-installed Win version; however in order to legally use it, you do need an older Win license from which you upgrade. Microsoft left a way to install without upgrading from the older Win installation, but you do need to keep around that older win license. If you have no other Win license then you should buy the non-upgrade retail version which on offer can go below 100$. It is a pretty good investment vs an OEM license as you can use the retail version on your next builds too, while the OEM is pegged to the first PC it's activated on. Look on winsupersite for a guide, it has been posted about the time when W7 launched.

About the rest of the rig, since you have around 200$ left, you could get the lowest end Phenom II X4 (the 955?), a 70$ AMD 870 motherboard and a 40$ 4GB DDR3 kit. So this would cost around 250-300$. To save some coins you can get a second hand Phenom II from ebay or other sites for around 100$, but it's practically impossible to drop below 200$ for the hardware-only.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
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Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
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400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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Phenom II 940 @3.3GHz 1.25V Gigabyte 790X-DS4 XFX 5850 8GB OCZ DDR2-800 
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Corsair Force 3 TRUE Win 7 Pro x64 ACER 23" TN  
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400W Silverstone Strider Antec P182 
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post #3 of 4
Since OS really eats into budget this one was pretty tough. Assuming the price is a bit flexible from $300, here's something with everything you want...

Phenom II x4 925 - $115
Biostar TA870U3+ [open box] - $65 + $8 shipping
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB 1600Mhz - $40 (sale price!)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM license (full version) - $90 after promo MICROSOFTEN
$318 shipped
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Dont you have MSDN LCK? I thought you took some computer classes at WSU.
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