APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next week or two BUDGET RANGE: Under $500 and as close to $400 as possible
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the web, schoolwork etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, optical drive, OS, case (I think)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, 3btech.net (doesn't make a big difference to me)--
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU, Radeon GPU, DDR3
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (although I wouldn't mind leaving the option open if I can do it with little sacrifice)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It's about time I update my system (right now I have an athlon 2600 single core CPU, 1 gig ddr ram, radeon x1600 agp GPU.. 5 years old and not worth its weight in salt)
Thing is, I've got a really tight budget, so it's a bit of a challenge to come up with something decent. I'm just a casual gamer, and I don't really play anything too demanding but I would like to be able to max settings in what I do play (think Neverwinter Nights 2, Oblivion, etc..).
Here's what I've picked out so far, let me know what you think!:
The RAM is a slow, but hard to argue with the price and you could OC in an AMD build. I wouldn't use a 400w power supply with a 4870, i would with a GTS250, 4850 or 5770 though. The 9800GT option was just in case you needed to save extra $$, the 4870 is a better and faster choice, but the 9800GT would run the games you posted fine and save you a chunk of money.