Ok well my cousin and i are building a system for his gaming needs and his budget is around 900 USD. Now he can go either AMD or Intel, ATI or Nvidia he has no prefrence really, he just wants the best bang his buck. Well he came to me today with this system right here
Intel p4 (socket T) Cedar Mill 65 nm 3.0 ghz 170$
Abit Fatility Motherboard 165$
2 Gb OCZ DDR 2 CL3 215$
160 GB Western Digital HD 80$
450 Watt X-Clio power supply (dual 12v) 45$
standard dvd/cd rom drive 30$
And then there comes the problem... the graphics card, he is stuck between a few cards he can buy. He can either get the 7600, x850xt, 6800 ultra (friend). Or are there any other suggestions? He is trying really hard not to break the "around 900 dollar limit" which means if its like 20 or 25 bucks more its ok, but not anything like 975$.
Between those video cards the 7600 is prolly the best for the buck, though i prefer ATI personally. I am not familiar with that Power supply, but at $45 I doubt it is worth it's weight in poo. Spend closer to $80 on an Antec, OCZ, enermax, or any other good brand PSU. cant's stress that enuff
Best bang for the buck is DFI nF4X Infinity Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 76.99 from newegg, eVGA 256-P2-N553-AX Geforce 7600GT CO 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail $179 at newegg, OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Platinum System Memory - Retail $188 at newegg. The new AMD Mobile Athlon 64 4000+ (62W) Newark 800MHz HT 1MB L2 Cache Socket 754 Processor - OEM $300. Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6L200M0 200GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM $81.50 Stick with the other components he selected and it come too... $900 even rounded to nearest dollar. I notice you did not include case though. Which puts it up to $925 if you shop around or you can buy a case with power supply included for about $50 with at least 450 watts and you should be okay and your at $905, The video card comes overclocked and with free game "I think age of empires 3" This system will spank the system he speced out hands down and allow him to play 1280x1024 on most games and 1024x768 on any game easily with all the eye candy turned on.
Use a non-"Fatality" motherboard. You are paying for the endorsement of Jonathan "Fatality" Wendell, and nothing else.
2Gb of memory doesn't have to cost >$200. GSkill, Corsair and OCZ all have 2Gb kits for less than $150, even more if you don't mind Mail-In-Rebates.
A 250Gb SATA HDD is on sale at Newegg for $90, that's 90Gb extra (Vs. the 160Gb) for $10 more, a steal if you ask me.
Use the extra money saved to purchase a better PSU and whatever is left over can be put toward the video card. Keep in mind, if you want to save the money, shop at Newegg.com or Zipzoomfly.com, they are both respectable online retailers, and Newegg has an awesome RMA policy if something ends up fried.
***No matter what you do, Oblivion is going to choke. It's unavoidable until the hardware catches up to the game.