Less than $600 computer. help

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: long term "project". i should say

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel, nvdia, [good brands]

OVERCLOCKING: Arghh idk what that is.. Ill go with No, im bearly starting out

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900+


Heres what I have so far:

Intel E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz Dual-Core -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072&Tpk=Intel%20E5200%20Wolfdale%202.5GHz%20Dual-Core --$67

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128357&Tpk=Gigabyte%20GA-G31M-ES2L%20LGA%20775%20Intel%20G31%20Micro%20ATX --$53

Corsair XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145176&cm_re=Corsair_XMS2_4GB_%282_x_2GB%29_240-Pin_DDR2_SDRAM_800-_-20-145-176-_-Product --$123

Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098&cm_re=Western_Digital_Caviar_blue_320_GB_HDD-_-22-136-098-_-Product --$48

Video Card -- ??

Sunbeam 750W psu-- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817709021&cm_re=psu_750w-_-17-709-021-_-Product -- $76

Antec 300 Case -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=Antec_300_Case-_-11-129-042-_-Product -- $60

ZALMAN 120mm CPU Cooler -- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046 --$67

Budget: less than $600

Any suggestions on what to keep or lose?

For the video card, I was thinking of going with nVidia but its expensive.. What I'm looking for in a video card is playing games like Combat Arms, Counter-Strike etc..

OS: I'd like windows vista 64bit home premium, ill probably get that at costco =P

Thanks!
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  1. AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz
    +
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3
    Combo Price: $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.272089

    OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600mhz CL8 - $87.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227324

    COOLER MASTER RC-690
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    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
    Combo Price: $99.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273732

    MSI R4850-2D1G OC Radeon HD 4850 1GB - $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127435

    CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W - $64.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner Bulk Black SATA - $28.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Grand Total:* $571.93 (before $40 MIR's :) )


    Try to get Windows 7 if you can.
  2. andreax3 said:
    PARTS PREFERENCES: intel, nvdia, [good brands]


    At your price point, Intel and Nvidia are simply not competitive, the GPU and CPU suggested by build will destroy the E5200 with a similarly priced Nvidia card, the GTS 250.
  3. Build has given you a better list for sure. Right now it's AMD for lower budget builds.

    You need a good PSU, not a large one. I think you can trim this down closer to your budget though.

    Win7 and X2 545
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.275640.19-103-694

    Foxconn 780G board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186165

    Corsair 1066 DDR2 RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145247

    OCZ 500W SXS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012

    The famous 690 + WD Caviar Black deal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273732

    Optical drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Sapphire 4670
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102854

    After rebates that's going to be about $600.

    That gives you a nice case and hard drive, an adequate PSU capable of handling a video card upgrade, and a CPU and motherboard that are adequate. The motherboard can take a better CPU when you can afford one.

    You do not need a CPU cooler to start. The cooler that ships with the CPU is OK.

    The video card will do fine at your resolution.
  4. thanks guys...
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