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I've been sitting on my Athlon 64 x2 system for quite a few years now, and am looking to build something that I can upgrade for the next few years on a budget.

Primarily the system will be used for games (fallout 3, oblivion, and various mmorpgs. Not looking for max Crysis 1/2 settings). The barebone kit described is $399.99 on Tiger Direct and includes:

Mobo: ASUS M4A79XTD EVO (Will upgrade if bulldozer is THAT much better)
Proc: AMD Phenom II 1090T BE (Will OC to at least 4.0Ghz as I have seen it done w/ stock cooler)
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 4GB DDR3 PC12800 1600MHz (Will replace or expand)
HD: Seagate 1TB SATA 3G Barracuda® Green (Will buy SSD for games / OS later)
Case: Thermaltake V2 ATX Mid w/ 450 Watt PSU (Want to get an Obsidian case, will replace PSU with new GFX cards)
GC: Nvidia 9800 GT (1GB) (Will replace with AMD GFX later, Crossfire?)

Down the road I am looking at getting a ThermalTake Frio cooler for the CPU and maybe 2 H70s for the AMD GFX cards. Would love any input as to whether this is worth building for $400 and whether anyone has had any problems overclocking on this mobo.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x4 955 (4125 OC) ASUS m4a89 PRO/USB3 EVGA 9800GT (1G) 2x2G G.Skill Ripjaw (C7) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Momentus XT (500G) Windows 7 Ult. + (dev. Chromedroid HTPCOS) Vizio 44" 1080p 120hz Logitech K120 
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Earthwatts 550 InWin Dragon Rider Logitech Wireless (lasts 6 mo 2xAA) 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Momentus XT (500G) Windows 7 Ult. + (dev. Chromedroid HTPCOS) Vizio 44" 1080p 120hz Logitech K120 
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post #2 of 4
Seems like a good deal
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Intel [i5 2500k] Gigabyte [P67A-B3] MSI [N560GTX-Ti TWIN FROZR II] Corsair [VENGEANCE DDR3 1333MHZ l 2x4GB] 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
OCZ [Vertex 2E l 60GB] WD Western Digital [Cavair Blue l 640GB] Sony x22 DVD Re Writer LG x10 BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair [H100] Windows [7 I HP 64 Bit] Viewsonic [22" l 1920x1080] Generic 
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OCZ [Z Series l 650W] CM [HAF 922 I Window] Logitech [MX 518] The Desk 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
OCZ [Vertex 2E l 60GB] WD Western Digital [Cavair Blue l 640GB] Sony x22 DVD Re Writer LG x10 BD-ROM 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Corsair [H100] Windows [7 I HP 64 Bit] Viewsonic [22" l 1920x1080] Generic 
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OCZ [Z Series l 650W] CM [HAF 922 I Window] Logitech [MX 518] The Desk 
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post #3 of 4
Aside from a few places that actually looks half decent of a deal, but there are a lot of choices that are unoptimal. My recommendation:
Add another 4GB DIMM to run 2x4GB dual channel rather than single channel 4GB (which will bottleneck/limit your performance)
Replace PSU to this (if the GPUs you are crossfiring are above 6870 in power consumption, get a higher wattage PSU i.e. an Antec)
Buying H70s for the GPUs!? Ridiculous I think, they cost a lot and I don't even think you will be able to mount them on. Most cases, GPU stock HS is fine.

If you can wait for BD though I think you should, at worst the price will end up higher than with the barebones kit, but looking at your plans it seems you do plan to spend a lot of money anyway.
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Yea, I was planning on either waiting until I could afford 2x4 gigs 2000mhz ram or picking up a second stick after I get paid. I don't plan on spending a lot of money, now, I just want a system that I can actively upgrade. IE If I upgrade cooling, I can O.C. further, or if I upgrade RAM it will (hopefully) be compatible with the bulldozer platform. I don't think I will have the $$$ necessary to purchase a high-end BD chip and mobo when they come out, $400 is just about my max range for this week, and my sig pc is aging... swiftly... was playing Fallout 3 yesterday, and locked up twice. Poor ol thing...

Also, I will be replacing the PSU before I pick up my graphics cards (this). I'm pretty sure the 450 in there will support my GT 9800 and stock 1090T, if not, I upgraded my sig build to an Earthwatts 550, I think, I don't remember haha. The 9800 ate the stock PSU for lunch playing WoW. I'm looking at the Radeon 6970s, might be able to beg for one for my b-day here in July and pick one up myself if the price drops.

You are probably right about the H70s though, from what I've read, most graphics card coolers only spin up to ~40%, so if I just learn a little micromanagement and run a fan controller program, I should be good I suppose.
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Phenom II x4 955 (4125 OC) ASUS m4a89 PRO/USB3 EVGA 9800GT (1G) 2x2G G.Skill Ripjaw (C7) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Momentus XT (500G) Windows 7 Ult. + (dev. Chromedroid HTPCOS) Vizio 44" 1080p 120hz Logitech K120 
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Earthwatts 550 InWin Dragon Rider Logitech Wireless (lasts 6 mo 2xAA) 
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Phenom II x4 955 (4125 OC) ASUS m4a89 PRO/USB3 EVGA 9800GT (1G) 2x2G G.Skill Ripjaw (C7) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Seagate Momentus XT (500G) Windows 7 Ult. + (dev. Chromedroid HTPCOS) Vizio 44" 1080p 120hz Logitech K120 
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Earthwatts 550 InWin Dragon Rider Logitech Wireless (lasts 6 mo 2xAA) 
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