My budget is $350 after mail in rebate. I want to use it for internet, watching movies, music, MS office, visual studios and playing starcraft:broodwar and counter-strike 1.6. I already have windows xp, mouse, keyboard and a monitor.
I'll go roughly with Batuchka's build. Just swap out the Biostar Mobo with this $50 ASUS M4N68T-M or the GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-D3. Both come with Integrated graphics, so that you'll not have to spend extra on video.
The rest looks perfectly alright. You may however wanna change the Lite-On ODD for LG, Samsung or Sony. But that's optional. The Board however has gotta go IMO.
* If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3 CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.
Hi phenom01, 400 watt is barely enough for a GTS 450 especially if you wanna play 'round with stock settings. I'll definitely look for around 40 amps on the +12V Rail as you have to factor in capacitor aging at least, if not any future upgrades.
One thing I missed in my last post (& sorry for that) is that you're not a serious gamer. Your primary requirement is net surfing/multimedia/home entertainment. If you're only a casual gamer, you should actually save some money by getting a EVGA GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB or a XFX Radeon HD 4670 1GB if your main requirement is net surfing/multimedia/home entertainment.
There's absolutely no need to get such an expensive graphics card, IMO.
I'd still stick with the GTS450 over the GT430, as he's playing SC, I would want to make sure he can play SC2 decently without having to upgrade, and the GTS450 is a much safer bet for that for not that much more.
Yes but u have to run down to like 1024 x 768 medium or at most prolly 1280 x 1024? +1 stay away via 10 foot pole from GT430: between it and HD 4250 IGP i'd rather save $$ and chug along on IGP rather than blow on an awful $$/frame card like GT430 @@ Here we see it being spanked by dated cards like HD 4670/9600GT