Here's a quick look at the total hardware cost, negating the peripherals and software we already own:
|Mid-Priced PC Component Cost|
|CPU||Core 2 Duo E6600||$230|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX||30|
|Motherboard||MSI P965 Platinum||135|
|RAM||Patriot eXtreme Performance PDC22G6400LLK||160|
|Graphics||EVGA GeForce 8800GTS PN: 320-P2-N811-AR||280|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital Caviar RE2 WD5000YS||160|
|Case||SILVERSTONE TEMJIN SST-TJ02SW||100|
|DVD-RW||Sony NEC Optiarc Black AD-7170S-0B 18X SATA||35|
As you can see, $1,255 got us into a modern performance system capable of excellent 3D performance and a pleasant, moderately low-noise computing experience. After subtracting rebates you should be able to do even better!
The best bang for the buck is probably found in low-budget systems, but what good are they if they can't do what you want? After all, not everyone is willing to play games at low resolutions with the eye candy turned off, even if it does save them a bundle. The best value in modern performance requires modern hardware!
I expect Don Woligroski's low-cost configuration to prove itself the better value, even if it isn't fast enough for everyone. And yes, some buyers want it all...so tomorrow we'll consider what a high budget can offer.
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