Bumpity bump bump.
My stepfather set his budget at $500 w/o an OS and informed me when I was about to buy the 1055T bundle... he needs a Firewire port. Which the M5A97 970+ does not have.
So I need a build that is as close to $500 as possible with Firewire. I'll be going back through the builds above to see if I can piece something together
Looking at the MIcro Center bundles I'm thinking an FX-8120 + ASRock 970 Extreme4 Socket AM3+ 970 for ~$200 at Micro Center. He does video editing so those 8 cores might get some use... now I'll need a PSU capable of powering that at stock speeds and the GTX 460. Is 500W still going to be ok?
This will not be overclocked except to the extent that stock volts can take it.Edited by treeman - 2/22/12 at 6:14pm