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Budget Gaming PC (~$750 w/ Monitor) Future-proof

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August 14, 2010 9:04:31 PM

Hi TomsHardware,

First post here!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) $750, including monitor, lower the better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, maybe some business stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Base system. Could use recommendations for a good, cheap gaming keyboard, 23" monitor, and whether or not I should upgrade to Win7. Own a MX510 and headset.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg. Anything else that is cheap and reliable.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Best value

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my first build but I'm looking to build a cheap gaming computer that can run Starcraft 2 at 1920x1200. I would like it to be future-proof, in the sense that it can run DX11, maybe SLI or Crossfire (if that's realistic for a build like this, only want to start with 1 card atm but the options is nice) and I'd like to be able to drop simple upgrades in over the coming years so I'm not always dropping $750 for a new system.

I essentially want the best value, so if spending a little more on a power supply will save me money in the long run then I'll splurge otherwise I want the best value for a budget gaming PC that's around $750 with the monitor. If someone could pull off $750 with Windows 7 that would be cool too.

Think I'm leaning to a hd5830 or a gtx460 atm too.

Thanks for the help!
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