hey everyone, i'm a college student on a supremely tight budget. i didn't intend to play games while in school, but releases like just cause 2, f1 2010 and dirt 2 are just irresistible. i was hoping the community could help me with a budget gaming pc that could cost me less than 400, if it goes over by $10-20 its alright, so long as the benefits far exceed the cost. i've lost touch with all the latest hardware releases, so i'm really grateful! i'm hoping to play the games i mentioned at about medium settings, is that overly ambitious?
also, do you have any recommendations on monitors under $150, preferably 22" and above? just a quick comment, i know there are tons of articles on this, just thought i'd hear your ideas
Approximate Purchase Date: now or black friday is ok, i'd like to just get an idea of the parts to look out for. if you know of any parts that will be released then which offer better value, i don't mind waiting a month.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 400 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (f1 2010, dirt 2, just cause 2), watching movies
Parts Not Required: speakers, mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any site in the US that gives the best price (newegg, amazon etc)
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type : none, price and performance is main concern. i put AMD in the title because i believe they're still in the value gamers market?
SLI or Crossfire: No, i'm guessing price will go up with a crossfire config?
Monitor Resolution: depending on your recommendation
Additional Comments: again, price and performance is main concern. doesnt have to be quiet or have a window