Hello, im really excited in building my first gaming "budget " rig but i"m stuck with a dilemma. Now keep in mind i have my budget included the OS and security software, but will savage anything from my old PC (DVD writer, HD, moniter, mouse and keyboard). I really want to keep it down to 600 but with tax and shipping, its neary impossible to make it happen. I want to invest in and AMD Phenom II before they ran out, so which cpu should I go for? I want to a CPU that will do basically our everyday use (bills,browsing, video editing,multitasking) and playing Civ games.
I,m set on Sapphire Radeon 6850 with future Crossfire compatibility but I want the PC to be good for 4-5 yrs. Any suggestions?
Those are really great replies, i'm really hoping to impress my wife because she was leaning towards an ipad and seriously dont need any extra bill every month. I'm going to crunch a few more prices to see i can go down to 600. Replies and any suggestions would be more helpful! Thanks!