This will be my first build and I'm looking to keep it around or preferably less than $500. My main use will be gaming but I would also like to have an HDMI for video, although it's not a big priority. The screen resolution I plan on using is 1680x1050.
I left out an optical drive because I plan on using an external usb dvd-r, is that a bad idea?
Would this be a decent gaming build for the price or should I just scrap it altogether? I don't necessarily have my heart set on anything so any advice on changing parts for better performance would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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Fresh builds go AM3/DDR3 as the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms with all current and incoming platforms running on DDR3 so @ the $500ish price point