Re: Looking for computer construcion advice
I'll agree with alex.pancescu on the CPU choices, but there's no problem going with the PhenomII X3 either (3 cores). I have one in my media center and it performs wonderfully.
As for graphics, getting a 9000 series nVidia card will do the trick. I run an XFX 9600GT 512MB in my media center and it runs everything with out an lag, etc.
And for power supplies, I always go with at least 500W. My top brands are Corsair, OCZ and CoolerMaster. My recent OCZ power supply is great - it's super quiet and keeps my computer very cool.
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