CPU/Mobo: X4 635 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $230 after rebate. A better CPU and a board that supports USB 3/SATA III and Crossfire.
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $119
GPU: HD 4650 $30
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Antec Earthwatts 650W $125. A better case and a higher quality PSU.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
What's with all this low powered vidoe cards? I wouldn't want to get anything less than the HD 5770 right now...
I have a horrible confession to make ... requires a little bit of anecdotal elucidation ...
That build I posted was a cut-n-paste of one of MadAdmiral's builds (recognize the format?)
I forget why I did it (the time stamp will tell you) ... Either I was tired and trying to go to bed but I wanted to throw the OP some sort of bone (because thread was going to page#2, unanswered) ...
... Or ... I was leaving the house for a date, yesterday but .. I remember just looking for another gaming thread, with that budget and just clipped and pasted it ... mostly to just bump his thread, before I logged off.
I won't ask you to explain the differences if you don't ask me WHY I stole your build (Imitation is flattery?) ... I was in a hurry and tired and being a lil' bit lazy. ... That is not SOP, for me, as you know.