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December 17, 2010 7:56:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primarily Gaming, secondarily watching movies.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences:AMD/ATI

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Fast, can play WoW Cataclysm nicely, capable of playing GTA IV, and Assassins Creed.

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December 17, 2010 11:48:21 AM

You are going to be very hard pressed to meet this budget.....

Add $200 to it, and, then you will be able to afford some memory (at least 4 gb worth) and an OS for what will likely be an AMD X2 or X3 based cpu ($70-$100) and a mid-range video card ($150; gaming at 1920x1080 is not like running a QUake3 system!) and a 750GB hard drive ($30), and a case with 600 watt PS ($80)

I believe THG runs $500-$750 barebones gaming system guides occasionally.....
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December 17, 2010 12:15:05 PM

Agreed that $400 will be rough... Do you have a Microcenter near you?
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December 17, 2010 7:19:54 PM

mdd1963 said:
You are going to be very hard pressed to meet this budget.....

Add $200 to it, and, then you will be able to afford some memory (at least 4 gb worth) and an OS for what will likely be an AMD X2 or X3 based cpu ($70-$100) and a mid-range video card ($150; gaming at 1920x1080 is not like running a QUake3 system!) and a 750GB hard drive ($30), and a case with 600 watt PS ($80)

I believe THG runs $500-$750 barebones gaming system guides occasionally.....



To save on expenses would I be able to use my Hard Drive from my Dell? And use Windows XP as my OS?
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December 17, 2010 8:57:25 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...

Listed above is THG for $500 systems; for gaming, not the GTX460, not expensive today, and, by far the most important part for a gaming system. (80% of it's frame rate is a result of a decent GPU!) I concur 100% with their recommendations!

Most likely you could use your older IDE hard drive/CD ROM/DVDROM drives, but, if I am not mistaken, the latest Direct X 10/11 was never even available for WinXP? (I love WinXP too, am sorry to see it go on my next build as well.....)

I've not priced Win7 OEM versions yet.....
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