If you had $300 to build a complete system.....

If you only had $300 to build a complete system, minus case, power supply, and case fans, what components would you choose? And where would you get them from? Figure that you'll be using the comp for some games, nothing more graphics intensive than a quick, decent res Diablo 2 or Baldur's Gate, web surfing and CD/DVD burning.

Do not include shipping costs, speakers, mouse, keyboard or monitor, assume this will be hooked to a decent 19" flatscreen or so and an average 5.1 speaker setup.
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  1. I would walk to my local Gamestop and purchase an XBOX360 for $299.99
  2. Well if i had only 300$ that is what I would do:
    RAM: 41$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141211
    Mobo with integrated graphics: 90$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128335
    Hdd: 65$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074
    DVD: 30$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106072
    CPU: 62$ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103212

    It's like 288$ total and should run the games you mentioned decently at low resolution and effects.
  3. amd 780 chipset it is the most powerful integrated graphics chip and its cheap
  4. Combo deal that might work for you Athlon64x2 6000+ windsor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103773
    and same motherboard as above
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138111
    for $153, but you'd have to figure in the rebates to hit @ $300
  5. another combo deal- an EVGA 8800GS and OCZ platinum DDR2 800
    that would bring you to $299 after rebates.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130332
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227139
    That's with the 64X2 6000+ combo deal
  6. Here is a decent configuration for you.

    GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3H $89.99
    2Gb DDR2 800 4-4-4-15 $49.49 - $30MIR = $19.49
    5400+ Black Edition $89.99
    Samsung 20x DVD/RW $27.99
    WD 160Gb Hd $45.99

    Total as shiped $303.45
    Total after MIR $273.45

    This will give you a good base with room to upgrade down the line.
    If you feel like spending the rebate before you send it in, I would recomend either an ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro for $25.99 or a WD 640Gb Hd for $89.99.

    Edit:
    Fixed link for the AC Freezer 64 Pro
  7. Since nobody's mentioned an Intel build yet...

    CPU = $70
    E2180 Allendale

    MoBo = $65
    ECS P35T-A
    ECS P45T-A2 (after MIR)

    RAM = $36
    Mushkin 2x1GB DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 @ 1.9V (after MIR)

    GPU = $85
    HIS HD3850 (after MIR)

    HDD = $44 or $46
    WD Caviar SE 160GB 8MB
    Seagate 'cuda 7200.10 160GB 8MB

    Disc Drive = $26
    Samsung 22x DVD Burner

    That's just a few dollars over your budget, and if you could stretch another $30 or so I'd get this 2x2GB Mushkin RAM instead.
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