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Plz suggest mid level gaming rig below USD400

Hi currently i own dell gx270, which is a fine comp except cannot play even low end games.

I mostly use this comp for surfing net and some times for word or excel. But i cannot play any descent games on this comp.

So can any one suggest me a good rig that fits these conditions;

1. must be below usd 400/- . i already have monitor 17'', hdd 60gb, mouse, keyboard, speakers and windows xp sp3. So these can be excluded from parts i will be needed to buy.

2. must be able to play games at medium level at resolution 1024*768 pixels only. I dont use any higher resolution and not planning to.

3. the system need not be too mush future proof. ie, I will be using this comp for maybe 2-3 years max and will buy a descent one latter. Because right now I am in a very tight budget

4. I will mostly be using this new comp for internet surfing and sometimes playing games at mid level settings.

5. I want a stable system. my current comp I leave on for 2-3 weeks continuously and it has never crashed in last 2 years. I had bought this second hand for usd 80/- 2 years back. Its very stable.

Thanks
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  1. Hmm actually at such low resolutions for games i the best/cost effective upgrade may just to add a better discrete card hehe
  2. I want to add a AGP card to it but its too much problem. it has to be low profile 32bit only and also i will have to upgrade my power supply. its too much headache.

    i love my current comp but really sometimes i need to play games. so i think i will buy a new comp. can you suggest.
    thanks
  3. On top of my head

    A2X2 240
    AM3 785G
    2GB DDR3
    HD 4670
    Rosewill mATX case 120mm fans capable
    OCZ 550

    Reuse everything else
  4. Best answer
    Hmm could do a wee better i guess :P
    Stuff from Egg: $293 AR

    Case from tiger direct $30
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950634&CatId=32
    $323 AR total
  5. wow thanks a lot.

    i will check it out although it looks way better than my current machine.

    i have 1 question. will it be better to spend less on cpu and mobo and more on graphics card?

    thanks a lot
  6. Most of the time 100% hell ya! But in your case ...1024 x 768 gaming i can't see how a HD 4670 is even tickled in that resolution so you could save up and get a better GPU once u move out of your current LCD?
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