I'm considering going with the Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield, 2.66GHz which runs about $200 right now. The i7s seem too far out of price range, and I've heard that the i5 performs rather well.
I've looked extensively at motherboards, and I've yet to come to a solid decision.
I've looked at this MSI (though things like the dual NIC are not necessary.) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130239
and this ASRock http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157172
I would pair this with a GTX 275 (specifically, http://www.newegg.co....82E16814130475), a WD Black 500GB hard disk, and 4GB of DDR3 1600 memory (again, specifically http://www.newegg.co....82E16820231193)
A 600W PSU (http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341001) and a case (no decision yet) would wrap up this build.
EDIT: I almost forgot Windows 7 and an optical drive. No concerns there.
Any suggestions, criticisms, concerns?
Edited by Vericomil, 16 November 2009 - 10:28 PM.