I'm just looking for a semi-decent gaming computer. I've had a laptop for the past 3.5 years and it can just barely play Half Life 2. This would be my first time building my own PC. I'd like to buy it within the next week or two; no rush. I'm looking to keep the budget under $750 including a monitor.
I'll probably get most parts from newegg. If there's a better deal from frys or amazon I might do that.
AM3 runs dual channel so 2 x 2 is about right for RAMs Well i wouldn't advocate cheaping out on RAMs but a DDR3 1333 CL7 pair would be nice ^^ 1GB video RAM is nice for say 1920 x 1080 resolution but then again i'd slap that on a card like GTX 260/HD 4870 ideally hehe. A suggested config
The 4870 will thrash a 9800gt. For that resolution you will want more card. I've got a 9600gt 512 myself, about 15-20% less than say a 512 mb 9800gt, and I game at 1650x1080, I can tell a slowdown at times.