Check out this CPU chart from Tom's hardware.
The best AMD's are not even in the same Tier with the Intel Core i3's LINK
I admit I overspent on the PSU and the case fans for sure because I was going for as quiet as possible, and the PSU I bought should last for a good 6 or 7 years at least.
You could argue that I overspent on the RAM by going 16GB to.
The SSD was $300. The SSD are nice for load times, but do nothing for your frame rates, so that can easily be done with out.
Booting up Windows 7 in under 15 seconds sure is nice though
This post was edited on 5/17 at 7:21 pm