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Budget gaming and office computer

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June 7, 2010 5:14:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime this week

BUDGET RANGE: $500-600 (before rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, general office and internet use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com and amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: doesn't matter

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none

Hello, I'm new to this website and thank you for taking the time to read through this as well as offering advice. Here's is what I have already purchased (for around $60 total -to be factored into my budget):

BIOSTAR VA4653NH51-B Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEX SK-503-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now here's the rest that I have been looking at:

Intel Celeron e3300 from a local store -- $42 after tax/etc.

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 250 GB 7200 RPM SATA 3Gb/s 8MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST3250318AS-Bare Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NBIPOW/ref=s9_simh...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec ea380 power supply (the older version) from a local store -- $32 after tax/etc.

Windows 7 home premium -oem
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

SCEPTRE X195W-Naga Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR(10000:1) 1000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now my goal with this machine is just to run most games at low-medium settings (at lower res) at 60fps. There's more things that I need to buy (keyboard, mouse, mousepad, headphones, etc. but i'll leave that out of the equation cause it doesn't matter as much).

What do you guys think about the parts/prices of what I'm getting? Thank you!
June 8, 2010 12:46:13 AM

yea, i know it's not that great but for $38 it's good enough for what i need

and thanks for the advice! (looking into the other stuff now)
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June 8, 2010 4:31:34 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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