My son is running an aging Athlon 64 with a 7600GT (AGP) that I threw in a while ago to help extend it's life. After reading several posts here in the forums, my goal was to put together a decent system that would run his games and office for school. There's nothing really to save from the system, the case is not ideal and the power supply is underpowered for today's video.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Now
BUDGET RANGE: ~ $ 500 before rebate
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Office, Internet, Gaming (mostly WoW, Half Life2, CoD, Fallout3) , Movies, Music
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (currently XP, Possibly Win7 in the near future)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Cooler Master (case)
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) He currently has a 19" that I think he runs 1024x768 and perhaps 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet operation, something he can upgrade on his own later without too much difficulty (Video, HD space, etc)
CPU & Ram Combo Deal
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
Grand Total: $534.73
The GPU and HD could certainly be upgraded with $20 here and there, but as I'm already over my budget, I decided to leave those easier upgrades to him and focus on the CPU. Either way, it should be a huge performance boost over his current system.
I'm not sure what the FPS increase would be (let's say WoW and Fallout3) but for $20, this might be worth the wrath of the wife, which would mean watching more chick flicks than usual to regain her good graces!
That savings from case+psu more than make up for the move from 9600GT to GTS 250 hehe But at 1280 x 1024 ya a 9600GT is fine