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I've been out of the Windows World for about eight months now (damn you MacBook!), and I really want to get back in it. I'm giving my current Sig Rig to my mother as sort of a gift, and I'd like to start over from scratch and build something new. It really would just be a gaming machine, running the likes of Orange Box, F.E.A.R 2, CoD:4, Red Alert 3, and Sins of a Solar Empire.

I have no idea what AMD is offering or Intel, but I'm going to assume that AMD is still offering the best midrange CPUs, so I believe I'll go with them. And I really love my 3600+. So if anyone has any suggestions parts wise, please lemme know.

The only thing I want to make a necessity is another P180 (or whatever Antec has in it's place) for the case. I just love my P180B.
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it's a phenom 2 x3 gaming rig for sure. they beat the fastest intels in gaming.

so how much is your budget? and at what resolution do you want to play?
Should I look at AM2+ or AM3 socket CPUs?

I'm looking probably around $500/600 to spend, obviously the CPU/motherboard is where I care the most about and am willing to spend the most money.

And right now I'm gaming at 1440x900, and that probably won't change anytime soon.
Okay, so I want to look at AM3 CPUs, and you guys think the Phenom II X3 720 is the best choice?
Alright, sounds good. What about motherboard?
Wow...Newegg doesn't have a lot of AM3 boards for sale.
I take it AM3 is relatively new?
dont get am3/ddr3 yet wait for the next batch to comeout for now get a 720BE with 790 fx/gx/x heres what i recommend right now
CPU 720BE 144.99
mobo GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4 114.99
CASE CM 690 79.99
PSU corsair 650TX 99.99 20.00 MIR
gpu 9800GT 129.99 15.00 MIR
HDD seagate barracuda 7200 250GB 54.99
RAM gskill 1066 59.99
CPU cooler xigmatek s1283 36.99 10 MIR
Sound Card x-fi xtremegamer 7.1 75.99

its somewhere around $800 modify around this and you should be good and you can upgrade to am3/ddr3 once they come out with more choices...
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AM3s fit with the AM2+ socket?
Black Edition just gives an unlocked multiplier right? Is it really all that worth the extra money?
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