This club does need to liven up some. Maybe the club members could help me out a little.
So I have this kick@$$ little gamma sitting here with nothing in it. I'm looking for ideas. I've been toying with the idea of sticking an AMD system in as I've had nothing but Intel systems since a 1980's Apple and thought it might be fun to switch it up for a change. BUT I just can't make up my mind and have been thinking maybe an I3 530 system instead. Or maybe a used 775 system. Then the longer I spend thinking about it the more I'm tempted to wait until Sandy and Bulldozer come out and see how they change the landscape LOL.
I can't go too crazy on it as I blew all my dough on my sig rig The Gamma will pretty much play a back up role. It will be replacing my old Pentium D that is in that role now. As well as be a media center rig and something for my wife to surf the web on. Even at that though I would like too see some decent performance out of it and be able to view it as a nice upgrade from the Pentium D. Having a nice enough mobo to do a chip upgrade down the road and still be happy with everything else is something I'm strongly leaning towards. I will have to use some on hand parts, namely optical drives, hard drives and it will have to start out life using my old 9800 GT.
What I've been looking at for it so far.
 just realized I left a cooler off those but I've been thinking about the CM TX3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-064-_-Product
So if you had an extra Gamma sitting in the corner what kind of system would you put in it ? Max budget for mobo, chip, RAM and cooler will be $500 but that is stretching it and less is better. As less will = sooner.
You can probably do better than that.
Here's what I came up with for $500.
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU --- $270
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM --- $99
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W PSU --- $60 ($50 with $10 Promo Code)
Scythe Mugen 2 CPU Cooler --- $34
Total Cost: $463
For the slightly more than the cost of the build you have come up with, you get a hexa core CPU, a much better CPU cooler, as well as a PSU with much, much more headroom whilst still offering good performance. This Rosewill PSU is a quality unit, and is amazing bang for buck value.