Originally Posted by iAmOnTheMo0n
I was wondering about that, but do I really need more RAM just for XP? Eventually I'm going to upgrade to 7, but not right away.
Also, another question:
I have Windows XP Pro OEM. I have heard mixed things on wether or not I can just buy the UPGRADE version of Windows 7 and use it on this. Is this possible?
BTW, thank you all for your suggestions, I need them!
Well here's the deal. You can't "Upgrade" per say from Windows XP to Windows 7. What it tells you to do is to backup everything you want to save on another HDD and then they have some Windows Backup Tool that's supposed to help as well but I'm not a real fan. I would just go ahead and install Windows 7 from the start. If the 790 series chipset is a bit over your budget, the 785G does support single card and is generally sub $100 and provides almost all the functionality of the 790 chipsets minus the crossfire ability. To be honest as well, if you don't opt to crossfire from the start, there's no reason to do it down the line as ATI will be releasing newer GPU's at the end of the year.
Also, you do tend to get better deals when you buy individually and shop around. Visit http://www.slickdeals.net
and register and setup deal alerts for the general things you want and then when you see a deal that looks fantastic to you, go for it.
I got my Athlon II X4 630 for less than $100 shipped from eWiz on sale. I got my motherboard from Amazon (AMD gave me a $100 amazon gift card so not much I could do there). I got my case from eWiz for $20 shipped after the cost of selling my old case (it was free so nothing to make up) - the cost of the case there ($60). I got my CPU Cooler for $15 shipped from Mwave.com I got my PSU for $15 locally. If I had paid for everything all at once from one site, I would have paid so much more.