I'm finally going for it. Tomorrow AMD is dropping the price of the X2 series by 20% and I'm jumping on a Athlon X2 3600+. If there is anything wrong with this build please let me know because I'm dropping about $400 on it, that may not be a lot for some of you but it is for a high school student.
CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
Motherboard - Newegg.com - BIOSTAR NF520-A2 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 520 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
RAM - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Video Card - Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N554-AX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Hard Drive - have samsung 160gb 7200 rpm
Optical Drive - have Lite-on DVD burner
CD Drive - have Asus CD Drive
Power Supply - Newegg.com - FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN, RoHS, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, 20+ 4 pin, PCI Express, 400W Power Supply - Retail
Case - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Speakers - have logitech x-230's
Monitor - have Westinghouse 32" LCD HDTV
Mouse/Keyboard - have logitech
Operating System - have Win XP Pro
Here are some comments you can digest: I'm going to use this PC for some Photoshop(nothing heavy just simple image editing), AIM, Firefox, and some games(Oblivion,source games,etc.).I want to overclock the 3600+ to around 2.4ghz, once I get everything acquainted I would love if someone could walk me through OC'ing. Is there a reason the OCZ gold is so cheap? It looks good enough. I would go for the 8600gts but if I really want to play DX10 games I'll just wait to get an 8800gtx or some 9 series GPU in the future. Can the Fortron Source 400w handle all of this?