It's been awhile, but last time I was looking at a new pc. Car and hobby purchases put that on hold though. Now though I'd like to actually build a new pc. I was looking before at an Core i7 build, but that just seems too costly, A base model 97 build would cost me around 1000 bucks just for the main components, and thats not including some new monitors and such.
What I have been looking at though is the AMD Phenom X4 9600, I've seen some kits around that are priced at under 400 bucks for a barebones, and come with half decent Mobo's and cases/HDD's etc.
I'm looking at something around an Phenom x4 9600(Phenom 1, not 2) 12 to 16gb of ram, 2 to 3 terabytes, and ohh, what the hell, dual monitors for fun. Pricing this out should come just below 1000, less than that of a barebones i7
Has anybody had any experience with this CPU? I'm looking at some medium gaming on it, not crysis at top settings, but maybe crysis at medium settings!