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400-600 "daily driver" some gaming more movies

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December 6, 2010 3:14:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: before christmas to use sales


Budget Range:
400-600


System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Watch movies, web surfing, games, listening to music, video/picture editing (or trying to at least)


Parts Not Required:
Monitor, Mouse, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
ignorant to good parts sites, anything trustworthy and cheap, from what i remember pricewatch was pretty popular


Country of Origin:
USA Massachusetts


Parts Preferences:
claiming ignorance again.....construction worker tough finding time to research parts and up to date technology


Overclocking: maybe?


SLI or Crossfire:
dont know what it means


Monitor Resolution:
1680x1050 i think


Additional Comments: would like to run newest version of windows, very familiar with XP and want to stick with the windows theme, currently using XP pro
December 6, 2010 4:01:51 AM

^ SLI/ Crossfire means running 2 similar cards together(on supporting h/w) to get more performance, but if you are not a hardcore gamer, a single card setup would suffice IMO..

Here is a build...
X3 450 + Biostar 770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE + OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GTX 460 768MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or something cheaper
HD 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 6, 2010 3:39:47 PM

GKay's build is pretty good. If you plan to watch movies, you probably want to hook it up to an HDTV, which will be 1920x1080 (1080p) and might want a ~$50 Blu-Ray Player as well. If you do that and still want games, stick with the GTX 460
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