Hello, i've been waiting for the prices to go down abit. I now think it's a good time to buy a decent budget computer. I'll only need a new case + hardware, no monitor and stuff. So this is what i came up with:
AMD Athlon 64 X2, 5600+, Socket AM2, Boxed € 142,75
Asus M2V Mainboard € 60,45
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 320 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, SATA II € 67,18
Kingston KVR800D2E5K2/2G, 2048 MB, DDR2, PC6400, 800 MHz € 107,98
XFX GeForce 8600 GT, 256 MB, DDR3, PCI Express x16 € 131,94
Antec Sonata II, Black, 450 Watt € 96,87
System assembly and 1 year guarantee € 48,99
Samsung dvd drive € 15,00
Total € 671,16 ( roughly $900)
Is this a decent deal or are there some parts that could be better?
Don't buy any of the GeForce 8 series other than the 8800, same goes for ATI and their HD2K series, unless it's the HD2900XT (The only exception is an HTPC) Those cards are way too weak to handle any decent gaming.
Get either a X1950XT or a 8800GTS 320MB if your budget allows it. Also you need a PSU
PowerColor ATI Radeon X1950 XT Extreme SILENT Heatpipe 256MB
the case comes with a 450 watt psu. And i checked some benchmarks and the 8600 seems to handle current games just fine. (i game at a lowly 1280*1024) I'm hoping the 8600 gt can hold on long enough until the new generation comes along. The 8800 gts 320 mb is also twice as expensive....
Not buying a decent PSU for your a $1000+ rig is like putting the kiss of death on your machine, but it's your money not mine ;-)
This is the the best advice I could ever give you too.
When I bought my old case, it came with a cheapo 450W power supply and I had been having problems until I got my new Antec TP-II 550W. Invest in a nice power supply and you will be getting a stable computer.
If I were you and I had $900 I would get an q6600 ($266), or e6750 ($180) on july 22. Then I would get a P35 motherboard (Gigabyte P35 DS3R $130). You will get the best performance if you get something like an sapphire x1950pro 512mb ($130.) The RAM is good. Be sure to get a a good PSU - it is more than semi-important.