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Ok so I'm building a new computer for the parents and I want some suggestions....
I'm an Intel system guy, I've always used Intel's in my main builds, its what I know how to take advantage of, and it doesn't really help much that I work for them too but I'm open to suggestions for AMD too (which is the whole reason for this post)

Target system cost is $500, very roughly. Needed components: Tower system, minus the case (already have case, and peripherals).
Build is for basic use - Internet, Office work, etc.
Hard drive can be small [500gb] realistically can do 60GB SSD - looking for good SSD within cost reasonability
CPU - looking to get new tech, needs to last long - Core i3/i5 or Phenom II based preferred
Motherboard: only requirement: extreme durability/longevity. Last computer is being replaced due to multiple replacements of mobo. Durability is top concern.
RAM: 4-6GB, longevity is top priority
PSU: something reliable is my only concern as long as it can power the system
GPU: not needed. Integrated is fine.

That being said, I need the biggest suggestions on Motherboard, PSU, and what platform to get for my target budget of $500 for internals. I'm going to be utilizing stock cooling as very minimal overclocking will be done - if at all. Case is Mid-tower Cooler master Elite (I think its a 330?)

Again top priority is something that will last the longest.. its replacing a single core athlon 3200+ from 2003 to give you an idea on how long I want it to last with performance / reliability.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 @ 4.2Ghz DFI Lanparty UT X58 T3eh8 XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB G.Skill Pi Series 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Enhanced Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM  Sony External USB DVD Combo Drive 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit ASUS VH238H Dell E207WFPc Samsung PN58B650 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair AX 1200 Custom MountainMods Monticle 24 w/Acoustics & LCS Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Destructor Ultrasone H-Fi 780 Custom built up 5.1 surround sound  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition Gigabyte mATX Galaxy Ge-Force GTX460 1GB Radeon HD3200 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
6GB DDR2 (2x2GB Patriot+2x1GB G.Skill) Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green Cooler Master GeminII 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Server Samsung PN58B650  Logitech Dinovo Mini Silverstone 350W 
CaseMouse
Antec Veralis Logitech Dinovo Mini 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 @ 4.2Ghz DFI Lanparty UT X58 T3eh8 XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB G.Skill Pi Series 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Enhanced Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM  Sony External USB DVD Combo Drive 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit ASUS VH238H Dell E207WFPc Samsung PN58B650 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair AX 1200 Custom MountainMods Monticle 24 w/Acoustics & LCS Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Destructor Ultrasone H-Fi 780 Custom built up 5.1 surround sound  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition Gigabyte mATX Galaxy Ge-Force GTX460 1GB Radeon HD3200 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
6GB DDR2 (2x2GB Patriot+2x1GB G.Skill) Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green Cooler Master GeminII 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Server Samsung PN58B650  Logitech Dinovo Mini Silverstone 350W 
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Antec Veralis Logitech Dinovo Mini 
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budget build? AMD... I am an Intel fan, but have no problems with their products...
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64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.7ghz Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H XFX 5770 Crossfire 4x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
64GB MC SSD, 2x320 7200.10, 2x2TB Green Caviar Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 205BW & 32" Panasonic LCD G15 
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Corsair HX620 (FTW) CoolerMaster HAF 932 MX518 
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Thread Starter 
Well biggest thing here is I would have no idea what to look for in an AMD board... IE: I've been reading that MSI makes terrible AMD based motherboards...different story with Intel's side...

I've priced out an Intel system but I would like to reduce the price a tad so I'm seeing what everyone else thinks
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 @ 4.2Ghz DFI Lanparty UT X58 T3eh8 XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB G.Skill Pi Series 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Enhanced Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM  Sony External USB DVD Combo Drive 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit ASUS VH238H Dell E207WFPc Samsung PN58B650 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair AX 1200 Custom MountainMods Monticle 24 w/Acoustics & LCS Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Destructor Ultrasone H-Fi 780 Custom built up 5.1 surround sound  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition Gigabyte mATX Galaxy Ge-Force GTX460 1GB Radeon HD3200 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
6GB DDR2 (2x2GB Patriot+2x1GB G.Skill) Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green Cooler Master GeminII 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Server Samsung PN58B650  Logitech Dinovo Mini Silverstone 350W 
CaseMouse
Antec Veralis Logitech Dinovo Mini 
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Media Server
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Various snapshots
(3 photos)
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 920 @ 4.2Ghz DFI Lanparty UT X58 T3eh8 XFX Radeon HD 6990 4GB G.Skill Pi Series 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Enhanced Intel 510 Series 250GB SSD Seagate 1.5TB 7200RPM  Sony External USB DVD Combo Drive 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit ASUS VH238H Dell E207WFPc Samsung PN58B650 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Blackwidow Ultimate Corsair AX 1200 Custom MountainMods Monticle 24 w/Acoustics & LCS Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Destructor Ultrasone H-Fi 780 Custom built up 5.1 surround sound  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD Phenom 9950 Black Edition Gigabyte mATX Galaxy Ge-Force GTX460 1GB Radeon HD3200 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
6GB DDR2 (2x2GB Patriot+2x1GB G.Skill) Western Digital Caviar Black Western Digital Caviar Green Cooler Master GeminII 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Home Server Samsung PN58B650  Logitech Dinovo Mini Silverstone 350W 
CaseMouse
Antec Veralis Logitech Dinovo Mini 
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