Originally Posted by saltynay
That should be a plus 2 I have already said words to that effect and you will not get an intel system that cheap which matches the performance of the mobo/cpu without going open box which opens up to all sorts of headaches:
Prepare to be owned!
The e5200 will out run any AMD dualie, maybe even at stock. It costs $82
The Biostar TP45HP cost $110. It has crossfire so you can still use ATI cards and it can hit 700mhz fsb. The only thing that can beat it is it's big brother, the I45.
That is $195
You want a 790FX mobo. The cheapest good board you can get is the DFI for $140.
The only X2 I could see you recommending is the 5400+ BE. It's $66, but needs a cooler.
You should get the Core contact freezer. That runs you $40 more.
The total comes to $246
You can also get the core contact for the Intel setup, and I highly recommend it. The e5200 is a beast in the low end market. AMD can't touch it.