Computer ($400 price range)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month
BUDGET RANGE: 400-500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, typing papers, a little bit of minor - medium gaming (not expecting to play crysis)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, Monitor, Tower, OS (i have windows xp, vista, and 7 I would prefer to run 7), and 200 gig SATA hdd

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: any trusted sites welcome, newegg, overstock, etc.

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference, just what's best for my buck

OVERCLOCKING: No experience with overclocking but will consider it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a Ultra Wizard mid-tower atx case and would prefer to have 4 gigs of ram. This is my first case I am building so any help would also be appreciated. My monitor is a samsung lcd monitor, non HD (if that matters).
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  1. CPU/Mobo: X3 440 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $160 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
    PSU: Corsair 400W $40 after rebates
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

    Total: $490. Could lower the price by getting an HD 4850 for $95...
  2. Really a 1280x1024 resolution?

    Anyway go with admiral's suggestion but don't get a 4850, get the 5770 which should last you a few good years.
  3. The 5770 would be preferred, but the 4850 would certainly overkill for such a low resolution, assuming that's actually correct.
  4. I'm just saying it's better to spend an extra $50 now and get a better video card first hand vs spending another $150 a year from now.

    I assume OP meant 1920x1024, lets hope so.
  5. fastx21 said:
    I'm just saying it's better to spend an extra $50 now and get a better video card first hand vs spending another $150 a year from now.

    I assume OP meant 1920x1024, lets hope so.



    No 1280x1024 is standard for a 19" 4x3 monitor. Not wide screen. My Viewsonic VX922 is one such monitor.
  6. Oww peeps have done fine with a HD 4670/9600GT on resolutions like that but for $371 AR we have
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