^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
I've just come up with this PC; it is APU based and includes a new hard drive, due to lack of IDE compatibility. Note the split retailers - necessary for the best deal.
Going AM3 may be necessary if you want to reuse the hard drive, assuming it is IDE. It may allow you to configure with a better GPU though.
- $135 shipped [Amazon]ASRock A75M-HVS
- $65 shipped after promo code FALLSALE[Superbiiz]2x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3-1600
- $28 shipped [NCIX]Apex SK-386 + Allied 400W PSU
- $40 shipped (certainly ain't the best but Allied PSUs can actually last for quite awhile) [NCIX]Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD
- $30 shipped [NCIX]$298 shipped
for everything you need
sloopyjoe123: Those are epic in Canada, I have no idea what they would be like in the US though.
The only one of those Microcenter free mobos I would consider safe to use with a 125W processor is the Gigabyte 760G with the 4+1 phase; not that it has any disadvantages vs the other units. It's actually worth the most too.Edited by xd_1771 - 10/10/11 at 10:11pm