I NEED EXPERT ADVICE ON BUDGET GAMING SYSTEM

i did a little more research and these are the components i came up with just need a little insight from the professionals

the purpose of the computer will be light gaming sims 3/ spore/ fallout 3 maybe getting a little more into gaming since i am taking a leave of
absence and will have time to spare i also have a small ebay store set up and youtube channel and blogtv so will be doing light video editing

MONITOR: i chose the acer 22 inch wide screen for $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145

i was looking for a samsung hd monitor bc i have a samsung tv and i love it but could not find any on newegg at a decent price if any one knows where to find one please let me know

CASE: i have 2 cases picked out not sure would case would be the best choice
the antec 900 for $104.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

or the antec 300 illusion black for $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

and i also wanted to buy the apevia 120 mm case fan for $7.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811998121

POWER SUPPLY: antec earthwatts 500 for $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007
if anyone knows of any good psu with blue lighting let me know

DVD BURNER: samsung black 22x dvd burner for $26.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

or the lg 22 x dvd burner for $28.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153

OPERATING SYSTEM: windows vista home edition premium 64 bit for $99.99

HARD DRIVE: western digital caviar black 500 gb for $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

MEMORY: ocz 4gb (2x2) ddr2 1066 dual channel for $49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227362

CPU: i have 2 choices right now the intel core 2 duo e8400 wolfdale for $167.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?

Item=N82E16819115037 or i also have been looking into te intel core 2 quad 8200 for $149.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115055

MOTHERBOARD: also 2 boards i have been researching the gigabyte ga-ep45-ud3p intel p45 chipset crossfire read for $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

and i also had a guy at work recommend this board ecs black series p45t also intel p45 chipset crossfire ready for 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135093

ANY CHANGES THAT YOU GUYS SEE I NEED TO MAKE PLEASE LET ME KNOW
I AM GOING TO BUY PARTS NEXT WEEK SO I CAN TRY AND GET STARTED
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  1. I like the antec 300 more than the 900 , but thats personal choice

    the samsung f3 or seagate 7200.12 500 gig hard drives are faster


    get vista 64 with the tech guarantee which is an upgrade to windows 7 so you dont get stuck with vista

    c2d and c2q and socket 775 are out of production . You can do better for less

    a Phenom X3 720 more than matches the e8400 [ which would eat the quad in games ]
    is $119
    a GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P is $85
    and 2 x2 gig of DDR3 should be around $80

    this is the latest am3 platform from amd
    gaming its better than either of your cpu's/mb
    its not a dead platform
    and it will multitask much better

    check the cpu charts on this site
  2. e8x00 are quite slow, if dont plan to oc it to over 4ghz then it's not worth it. pick up a nice am3 mobo, ddr3 and http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649 you will be more happy with this and also, you will be able to change it in the future for sth new and much more powerful. s775 is dying now while am3 is not. your psu might be a little too weak in the future so i'd take OCZ 600wats, since they are good and cheap.
  3. Budget system? I don't think you call ~$800 computers (w/o GPU) + peripherals a budget computer... This would be a budget system:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008
    Corsair 400CX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
    G.skill 800mhz 4gb ddr2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.237632
    Phenom II x2 545 3.0ghz
    GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146055
    NZXT beta
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152096
    Samsung Spinpoint F1 or choose a WD alternative
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150337
    XFX 4850
    ~~$520 with shipping

    But yeah. While the PII x3 720 is a great recommendation... how come nobody is mentioning graphic cards? IGPs are impressive... but not *that* impressive.
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