Im going to build a system for a friend of mine, and i thought it could.nt harm to ask you what you think of it.
it's a pretty tight budget, but i think it'll perform good for today's standards.
CPU: AMD 64 x2 6400+ black edition
Motherboard: MSI K9A2 Platinum (with the new amd 790fx chipset, supports quad crossfire !)
RAM: Geil ultra series ddr2 800 mhz, cas latency 4-4-4-12 (2x 1024mb)
GPU: Gigabyte VGA Radeon HD3870
CPU cooler: Artic Freezer 64 pro
Hard disk: Samsung SpinPoint T133 400 GB, 7200 Rpm, 16 MB (s-ata)
DVD-RW: Lite-On DVD-RW (they say it's the fastest on the market, but it's also pretty cheap)
PSU: OCZ StealthXtream 600 Watt (thanks to jtt283 )
I already adviced him to wait for the stuff coming out in Q1 2008, because this could be a bit of a waste of money when new stuff comes out. But his old pc broke down, so he needs a new one as soon as possible.
With al the extra's (keyboard, mouse, headset, case) it comes down to € 910,_
I live in holland, so its in euro's but is about 1336,_ USD.
But if you skip al the extra's, and only go for: cpu, gpu, motherboard, cpu cooler, ram and psu, it'll be around € 620.
that's about 910,_ USD wich i think is a reasonable price for a potentual "Gaming" system.