Hey everyone, I'm new here to the forum. As you can tell by the thread, I'm wondering what's the Best Gaming PC for $500. I've read the "System Builder Marathon, June 2010 $550 Gaming PC", but that used an AMD Athlon II X3 435. I'm looking for a Quad-Core PC that can last me for a few years before another major upgrade. I have not read much on new PC technologies due to other priorities. I'm in the dark regarding PC components info. Basically, what can I get as far as purchasing a:
all for around $500. I'll be reusing my case, optical drives, hard-drives, etc. And I'm leaning towards in purchasing Windows 7 since I'm still using XP, it's a possibility though. I want to do this system build when the holidays come around: November, December, January. I'm figuring computer parts prices will drop down due to holiday sales.
So what's best lately and will be still good in the future? GeForce or Radeon? Intel or AMD? Which ones do you all recommend for a budget gaming PC? Is Windows 7 a necessary/good buy? Thanks!