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Please judge my sub $500 budget gaming system

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August 18, 2008 12:01:15 AM

$79.99 (free shipping)
Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E2200 - Retail

$89.99 ($10 MIR, $8.97 shipping)
BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$84.99 ($8.97 shipping)
GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Graphics card:
$119.99 (free shipping)
PNY VCG88512GXEB-FLB GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Hard drive:
$49.99 (free shipping)
HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725032GLA360 (0A35411) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Power Supply:
$49.99 ($25 after MIR at local store)

$20 Microcenter special

Memory I already have though I might get: (don't know if I want to gut 2gb from my other system)
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Total $388 ($428 with ram)

Basically the CPU and the MB are the 2 I am unsure most about. I could spend a few more $$ in those parts so suggestions are welcome. Also is the 8800Gt the best bang for the buck? Not looking to OC too much. Maybe a bit.

Thanks for your help!

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August 18, 2008 6:30:59 AM

Is 500watts going to be enough for that graphics card do you think?
August 18, 2008 6:36:13 AM

Not bad choices at all.

Your motherboard choices are both good, and I see your dilemma. P43 I guess.

Try to get the E7200 CPU. Yes that is a fine Video card choice at the price.
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August 18, 2008 10:27:11 AM

What about Windows?
August 18, 2008 7:55:33 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions!

I found a good deal on the E7200 at Microcenter ($99.99) so I went ahead and picked that up. I have purchased everything on this list (went with the P43 board) except the case and psu.
August 18, 2008 11:34:37 PM

Good deal.