So I'm going off to college soon and I plan on getting a laptop and a desktop for my dorm (one to fall back on if the other dies for some reason). I am pretty sure I know which laptop I am getting, but I am having a harder time building a decently priced small gaming rig for a desktop.
Approximate Purchase Date: Most likely during the black friday/holiday season
Budget Range: 500-800 w/ rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the Net, Schoolwork
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, RAM (4gb GSkill DDR3), Hard Drive (1.5 TB Samsung 5400 rpm)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Tigerdirect, (any site is okay by me)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type AMD CPU, NZXT Vulcan MicroATX Case, SSD
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Needs to be small but very powerful, which is why I selected the Vulcan case.
Here is what I have so far:
AMD Phenom II X4 955-109.99
NZXT Vulcan Micro Tower Case-69.99
OCZ 600W PSU- 69.99 (I'm bad at finding PSU's, so this is open to change)