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400-600 "daily driver" some gaming more movies

Last response: in Systems
December 6, 2010 3:14:57 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: before christmas to use sales

Budget Range:

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 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

Mushkin 4GB DDR3



GTX 460 768MB
Or something cheaper
HD 5770

Samsung F3 500GB

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