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Old 12-26-2006, 01:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to build a fairly low budget gaming PC, but I must admit that I'm a bit out of the loop as far as current tech goes. I've been researching left and right, but I think I'm still a bit under-informed.

My current budget is in the sub-$700 range. I'm not including monitor, keyboard, mouse, or cd/dvd drive in that, though.

I'm going to be doing alot of photo-editing, and possibly some video editing on this computer, as well as lots of gaming, especially games like Oblivion and Medieval Total War 2. So, if it runs those games well, I'll be happy. I don't intend to be doing alot of FPS gaming; just a few RPGs and lots of RTS gaming.

I've been looking at buying a barebones system, but I haven't been too impressed with what I've found, so at this point I'm thinking I'll build from scratch.

The current processors I've been looking at are the Athlon 64 X2 5200+, and Intel's Core 2 Duo E6400, I'm not sure if these will be fast enough though. Any help on this, and recommendations for the rest of the system would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130052
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220088
(1GB stick for now, so you can upgrade later on)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150202
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171016
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119068
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136036

the bad part is, it's 758 not including shipping... and you have to provide the DVD burner, KB/Mouse, Monitor, and OS.
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Here's what I've got so far. Any tips would be great.

Processor—$220
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 2.13GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004

Mobo—$105
ASUS P5NSLI Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI Intel Edition ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131032

Memory—$99.99
OCZ Gold Series 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227046

PSU—$79.99
THERMALTAKE TR2 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.0 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817153028

Case—

HD—

VC—$78.99
BFG Tech BFGR76256GTOCE GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143049

Will this graphics card support Vista? I plan on buying Vista as the OS when it comes out.

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