(1) Games care what GPU you have (MOST) ... I am not going to teach a class, here ..ATI 5850 or 5870 is the best card now and will get you farthest down the road ... If you do not already understand that ATi is (and will be) the most desirable gaming GPU (over nVidia), then, you need to do some educationl research of your own ...
... ATi has been "the only game in town" for over a year now and will be (cost/performance) for many months to come.
(2) GAMES ONLY CARE ABOUT 2 (or more) cores and the fastest CPU clock speed possible. That is why most budget gamers start with a fast Athlon-II x2 core and over-clock the hell out of it. At 2 cores (or more), all you should care about is cycles/second/dollar ... AMD clearly does this much cheaper.
Sorry, my friend from afar, ... I do not have the time to "convince" you ... I work for free and, if you are asking me how to get the best gaming experience for $400 ?? .. I will tell you ... I have done that research and that is why you are here ... asking me.
Take my advice ... or do not ... it is a moot point ... you cannot build a decent INTEL/nVidia Gaming Core, for under $400 USD.
= Yer very good friend =
I am not selling anything but wisdom, good sense and experience. Buy what you want to.
Yeah agree with the guy above me. If you don't have almost 1k in cash don't try building a gaming rig. Maybe for $750 you could put together one of those budget systems that will get the job done. If you only have $400 that's barely enough for a GPU lol. Stick with your PS3 or XBox.
I'm trying to upgrade my computer and already have parts like HD, case, mouse/keyboard, monitor, speakers, and I'm looking at almost 1k for only a CPU,Mobo, GFX combo.
CAN ANYONE CLEAR MY DOUBT.
ORIGINAL INTEL MANUFACTURED BOARD OR INTEL CHIPSET BOARD MANUFACTURED BY ASUS ETC. WHICH ONE IS RELIABLE AND BETTER IN LONGRUN
Do not purchase an original Intel manufactured MOBO. You want to purchase a board made by either ASUS, Gigabyte or EVGA (in order of ranking). These boards have better features for overclocking and better reliablity over the long run. Intel boards are basic boards with nothing flashy about them.