I've been asked to build my girlfriends little bro a gaming pc for christmas. They told me the budget was about $500. Here is what I came up with. I don't think I'm missing anything. I just want suggestions if you have better parts for similar money:
They're all good choices. The graphics card is almost too high performance for this system; you could save a little here and go with a GeForce 9800 GT or even 9600 GT without giving up too much, I think, but overall this looks like a great build for the money.
What about the 4830 I had initially. Would it be worth it to save the money on shipping and the card. Its about 30 cheaper if you factor in shipping. I was just looking for something with good performance.
430 watt antec power supply
LG dvd burner
Samsung Spinpoint F3
$524 with shipping.
No fair! If I posted this budget gaming build I would get alot of flack for not including ddr3, even though those same critcs have said that the difference between ddr2 and ddr3 are minimal, and that ddr2 ram + mobos are cheaper than their ddr3 counterparts.