Budget Range: $400 max. Would like to stay lower to include a monitor.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web surfing, Gaming (mostly CS:S)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and Mouse, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not in budget
Monitor Resolution: None yet, most likely a 19" 1280x1024, but possibly higher
Additional Comments: I'm building this for my uncle, he went through a divorce and the wifey got the PC. I built one for my grandparents last month and I think he is jealous now I put together an AM3 build with an X2 245, but I wanted to see what you guys could come up with. My younger cousin will be using it too, and he plays a lot of Counter Strike and probably whatever other games he can get a hold of (I.E. my Steam name lol), so I was trying to get a decent card. The build I did went over budget though, I went with a 4850 and it was up to $450.
Looks good Mr Pizza, I like the HAF 912 idea, I'm tired of building with only Antec cases lol.
Also, on the GPU, yeah the new ones will be out soon, you are right, but I doubt he will care much. Also, a 4850 I think would be plenty of power for what my cousin would want to play(maybe ).
Any particular reason you'd go with the ASUS over the ASRock? I've used the ASRock board before, not arguing your choice just curious. Is the 780 much better than the 770?
As far as the RAM, I was hoping to stay with a single 2GB stick so he could upgrade to 4GB down the road if he wanted.
Indeed, it is hard to build anything capable of much serious gaming for ~$400! What do you guys think of a lesser GPU, seeing as the monitor will most likely be 1280x1024? I suppose I could swap my old 8800GT from the grandparents PC to his and buy a cheaper one for them, grandpa doesn't game