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Computer Best Buy Guide – June 2008.

It runs Windows (sorta) system. $250.
Case: None. A cardboard box, or shoebox.
PSU: Thermaltake SPTT430 430W – $39
Motherboard: Asus P5GC-MX Intel 945GC MB – $54
CPU: Intel Dual Core E2180 – $78
HDD: 160Gb Samsung – $49
Memory: 1GB DDR2 Generic – $24
Monitor: Someone’s 15″ CRT, or a TV – $0-$50
Optical Drive: Some DVD Burner – $35
Speakers: Well a TV has speakers. Audio cable converter – $10
Mouse & Keyboard: NetPro USB Keyboard & Optical Mouse Bundle – Black – $19

Total: $273

Evaluation:
It runs Windows Vista Aero! Huuu~~
Could play Rakion on it probably, Warcraft 3, HL1 era games.

$1000 Full Budget System.
Case: CoolerMaster Centurion 5 430W – $121
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 CPU – $159
GPU: ATi HD4850 – $249
Motherboard: Asus P5KPL Intel G31 MB – $88
HDD: 640Gb Samsung SATA2 HDD – $89
Memory: 2048Mb 2Gb DDR2 800 Memory Kingston – $54
Monitor: LG W2242T-BF 22″ Widescreen LCD Monitor – $259
Optical Drive: Some DVD Burner – $35
Speakers: Logitech X-230 2.1 Speakers – $64
Mouse & Keyboard: NetPro USB Keyboard & Optical Mouse Bundle – Black – $19

Total: $1108.

Evaluation:
Crysis is playable (30 fps, all settings Medium) at the 22″ monitor’s native 1680×1050 resolution.
Bioshock runs near full speed (50fps+, all settings maxed (no AA) @ 1680×1050).
etc.

You can play all the latest games, and it’ll look nice, and play well (and sound okay).

$2000 Full Performance System.
Case: Antec P182B Performance One – $99
PSU: Corsair 620W HX-620 ATX PSU – $146
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 CPU 2X3Mb – $319
GPU: nVidia Geforce 9800GTX+ – $280
Motherboard: Asus P5K-SE Intel P35 – $139
HDD: 2x 640GB Samsung SATA2 HDD – $178
Memory: 4096Mb 4Gb DDR2 800 Memory Twin2X – $112
Monitor: 22″ Samsung 226BW – $319
Optical Drive: Some DVD Burner – $35
Sound Card: X-Fi ExtremeGamer – $149
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1 – $219
Mouse & Keyboard: Get yourself something nice. $100.

Total: ~$2040

Evaluation:
All latest games very playable.
Samsung 226BW is arguably the best 22″ monitor currently available.
Klipsch ProMedia GMX A-2.1 is arguably the best 2.1 speaker system currently available.

$3500 Extreme System.
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Tower Gaming Case Black – $149
PSU: SilverStone ST75ZF 750W Power Supply Power Supply 80mm fan – $235
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 CPU 2X6Mb – $448
GPU: Geforce 9800GX2 – $699
Motherboard: Asus P5N-D SLI nForce750i – $229
HDD: 1x 300GB WD Velociraptor + 2x 640GB WD SATA2 HDD – $500
Memory: 2x 4096Mb 4Gb DDR2 800 Memory Twin2X – $224
Monitor: Viewsonic VX2835WM 28″ TFT Widescreen 3ms 1920×1200 – $729
Optical Drive: Some DVD Burner: $35
Sound Card: Auzentech 7.1 DTS – $249
Speakers: Logitech Z-5500D – $363
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech G15+G9 – $180

Consider: Drop Z-5500Ds, change 28″ TFT to 22″ Samsung 226BW and add another 9800GX2.
Consider: 2x 22″ Samsung 226BW TFT monitors.
Consider: Cheaper Mouse/Keyboard Pair.
Consider: Joystick, Gamepad, Racing Wheel.

Total: $4000 (oops)

Evaluation
All latest games very playable.
Enjoy the 28″ TFT. If you got money to burn, get the 30″ Dell 3008 WFP for a whopping $2299.

Maxed System.
Case: SilverStone TJ07 – $348
PSU: Coolermaster Real Pro 1250W – $449
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad QX9770 – $1600 + Prometeia Mach II GT – $900 OR Intel Core 2 Quad QX9775x2 – $3500
GPU: 3x Geforce GTX 280 – $3000 + VapoChill + 3 GPU Blocks – $1200
Motherboard: eVGA nForce 790i – $390 OR Intel D5400XS Skulltrail – $500 or something.
HDD: 2x 160GB SSD, 4x 1TB WD Drive – $2300
Memory: 4x2GB Mushkin PC3 12800 – $900
Monitor: 2x 30″ Dell 3008 WFP – $4600
Optical Drive: Some DVD Burner: $35
Sound Card: Auzentech 7.1 DTS – $249
Speakers: Genelec 5.1 System – ~$7500
Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech G15+G9 – $180

Total: $23616

Evaluation:

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