If you are planning to over-clock, the cheapest combo would be the best: http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.211729
You might want to use the money saved to buy a good CPU cooler... the CPU is a "Black Edition" which means that the CPU multiplier is unlocked. This means that increasing the core clock to around 3.5 ghz isn't that hard. Being a Asus board, it is designed for overclocking. I would suggest this combo.
I realize this combo includes a "Black Edition" CPU but I am not that comfortable with overclocking yet so I was not really planning on overclocking it. And the combo had a heatsink and fan included with the CPU.
I prefer to look for combos without overclocking in mind because that's something I may not do. Especially when I see messages like this... "Caution:
Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the setting in the BIOS or using the third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking."
If I screw something up I may not be able to afford to replace it that quickly, paying $115. twice is $230., that makes paying the $129. once look really good. At some point I might try overclocking but I might not, I haven't decided yet. But if I do try it I would want to do it in better times, when I can afford replacements quickly, in case I screw something up.
What were your thoughts about the other two combos...http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.211681http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.212289
I was on Asus' site and I see why you like the brand, I need the com port but I also need more USB ports on the outside as well. And what's the purpose for USB headers, com port headers and printer port headers inside, on the board? I don't have anything that could use any of the ports that way, are there PCI cards that can plug into those port headers to make those ports usable on the back?
Edited by vroni357, 21 July 2009 - 06:29 PM.