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

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October 5, 2008 11:11:42 PM

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?



Windows XP 64bit?

Any complete system package suggestions would be appreciated.

Many Thanks,


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October 5, 2008 11:16:38 PM

crickets... ferris bueller... ;) 
October 6, 2008 5:23:20 AM

Do not give up hope I am trying to build a desktop for $300
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October 6, 2008 6:12:09 AM

Well here's a build, but had to cut some corners to make it.

CPU - Intel E5200 $84
Motherboard G31 - $53
Case/PSU - Antec Sonata/ Earthwatts 500w $80
GPU - Sapphire HD4850 $140 after rebate
RAM - 2x1 GB OCZ DDR2 800 1.8v $20 after rebate
HD Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 320GB $65
Burner- Samsung SATA $23

OS Vista Home Premium 64 $100

$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
October 6, 2008 6:20:19 AM
October 6, 2008 9:35:25 AM

Many thanks for the suggestions.. I'll check it out!
October 6, 2008 1:52:02 PM

Can you use your old Hard Drive with the OS already installed? That would REALLY help.