Re: Buying a New Gaming Computer 1650$ Budget
If you get an 8800gts 320mb card and the e6320,6420 or e6550 you will be good on gaming for about 1-2 years. Granted on some of the more graphic intensive games you will not be able to play on max settings but you'll still be able to play them on med-high settings.
If you were to go the q6600 and 8800GTX you would see an improvement but not enough of one to warrant the extra $400-$500. Go with the cheaper option which will be more than sufficient until the 9 series cards come out and drop in price than just upgrade the card. About that time the new Penryn chips will be out and hopefully drop in price as well and would be another nice upgrade.
With the cheaper setup you will not have to upgrade for close to 2 years.
Case Antec Nine Hundred
PSU Corsair 620HX
Motherboard GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R
Cooling Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro
RAM Crucial Ballistix (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Hard Disk (x2) Seagate Barracuda 320GB SATA (RAID1)
Graphics EVGA 8800GTS 320mb
Monitor SAMSUNG 216BW Black 21.6" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
Optical Sony NEC Optiarc DVD/RW
OS Windows XP-SP2