Ok, so im building a pc for my little brother for his birthday, and i only have 250 bucks, so i spent the last few days looking to the best deal. i was able to grab an old case and a spare PSU 450watt. Tell me what you think, and if i should buy him COD4. like will it play it
*EDIT* Also look at tigerdirect.com, they've got some decent combos now with say a dual core celeron and a mobo for 90 bucks, you'd just need a cooler. Also saw some AMD setups for right at 100, again OEM processor so still need a cooler, but they had a few that included the 4400x2.
ASUS 9600 GSO 384 mb, factory overclocked. Not quite as good as the 9600 gt, which seems to have dissapeared(at least the 85 dollar one), but should still do great. 80 bucks after 20 dollar rebate. It's also supposed to come with a free game, but some seem to complain it's not working? So who knows about that.
Hitachi drive you mentioned for 36. So we're at 198 now.
HEC 585 watt psu, which if you get the better video card may need more power. Alot of guys would say don't get it, if you're on a budget, it may work. Has good newegg reviews and on paper it says it's dual 12v+ rails, 19 amps on one rail, 20 on the other.
Though if overclocking, you may be able to use ddr2 800, the board just lists 667 as it's standard but shows it's capable of high FSB speeds. But whatever memory budget about 35.
So 218+35=252 bucks. Say 20 bucks shipping. If you want to talk to your bro, maybe tell him what you are wanting, he'll chip in 20 bucks for the shipping. But either way, 270ish by the time you pay shipping and get rebates back, but I think the 9600gso would be a lot better card than the 8500/8600 cards.
I'll warn you I'm not an intel guy, normally I'd recommend you an AMD setup, but for what you are paying, I think the intel might be better for the budget, however the guys here will know more than I will for intel, like any overclocking info or compatibility, etc.