Best bang for the buck... ~$600... Please help ;)

Too much time has passed since I bought my last desktop system. At that time.. things were simple. 1 processor... 1 video card.. etc. Lately I've been playing most games with my xps m170 laptop, but have found major limitations with recent games such as mass effect, witcher, AOC (of course.. lol), and WAR.

So.. what's the best bang for the buck? Can I build a system that handles new releases with ease for under $600?

Core 2 duo? Overclocked? Intel or AMD?

SLI?

Motherboard?

Windows XP 64bit?

Any complete system package suggestions would be appreciated.

Many Thanks,

Act4earth
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  1. crickets... ferris bueller... ;)
  2. Do not give up hope I am trying to build a desktop for $300
  3. Well here's a build, but had to cut some corners to make it.

    CPU - Intel E5200 $84
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
    Motherboard G31 - $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128338
    Case/PSU - Antec Sonata/ Earthwatts 500w $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    GPU - Sapphire HD4850 $140 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770
    RAM - 2x1 GB OCZ DDR2 800 1.8v $20 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227124
    HD Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 320GB $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148316
    Burner- Samsung SATA $23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171

    OS Vista Home Premium 64 $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    $604.92 Rebates pay for shipping. Upgrades if you can afford them are a P45 motherboard for an extra $50, 2x2 GB of RAM instead of the 2x1, E7200 or a E8400
  4. Many thanks for the suggestions.. I'll check it out!
  5. Can you use your old Hard Drive with the OS already installed? That would REALLY help.
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