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Suggest cheap workstation with gaming capabilities

Last response: in Systems
February 13, 2008 2:48:54 AM

I need to upgrade my current desktop to something new. My budget is very limited. I need something that can play Counter-Strike Source with max settings and Team Fortress 2 with decent settings. Sometimes I play WoW but most any GPU can handle that. Other than gaming I am heavily involved with Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I would like to keep this as cheap as possible. But under $500 if you're looking for a number. Thanks :) 

I have the following already:
Mouse: Logitech MX518
Speakers: Logitech X-230's
Monitor: Magnavox 19MD357B/37 (1440x900). It's also my TV :) 
Western Digital 320GB external HDD.
IceMat Siberia Headset

So basically I need all new parts!

CPU: Definitely want to go the C2D route. Probably the E2160? Will overclock it to something stable (3.0GHz?).
GPU: Thinking ATI HD 3850. 256mb? 512?
Memory: For starters 2gb. I would prefer 1 2gb stick for future upgrade ability. I plan on going 2x2gb or more at some point.
Case: Anything?
Keyboard: Nothing too big. I am used to keyboards as small as the Asus EEE PC's keyboard up to the G15 Logitech keyboard. Would prefer something in between I guess.
PSU: Not sure
DVD Drive: Any?
Mobo: No idea
HD: Size isn't very important. Over 120gb.
If there is anything else I forgot please let me know!
February 13, 2008 3:49:16 AM
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February 14, 2008 12:28:50 AM

Or grab a 3850 and save about 40 bucks more.
February 14, 2008 12:31:45 AM

Hey, just something to think about, stop over at, right now they've got some barebones, give you the case and all for decent.