Build a Gaming PC for $800

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Extremetech has an excellent post up about building a gaming rig for under $800. Looks like they're going with a Core 2 Duo processor and an XFX GeForce 7600 GT graphics card. The benchmarks are fairly impressive, though it's obvious that the cheap graphics card is holding back the system. The rationale for this is that it makes more sense to spend more money on a CPU than a GPU, since the latter is much easier to replace (and will drop in price much sooner). Overall, it's a nice piece, and definitely has me thinking again about upgrading my clunker.

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Bill Loguidice
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Still, $800 is about $150

Still, $800 is about $150 more than both a Wii and a 360 premium put together and within $50 of a Wii and PS3 premium... Again, one has to ask oneself, can their current PC handle the games one is actually into? I know mine can just fine and will no doubt be able to do so for another couple of years (when it's either Apple Mac (http://tinyurl.com/y8zn6o) time or HP touch screen PC (http://tinyurl.com/3655ps) time...)

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Matt Barton
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Well, I was looking at the

Well, I was looking at the specs and noticed that I could recycle most my current machine. As I see it, I'd only need the following:

Core 2 Duo E6300 $185
ASUS P5N SLI $103
XFX GeForce 7600 GT $109

That adds up to $400. Still, if I were going to all of this trouble, I probably would want to go ahead and get a better GPU. So, the cost would probably be more like $500. Unfortunately, that's just a ridiculous dream at this point. Still, it's nice to dream.

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yakumo9275
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I thought of upgrading my

I thought of upgrading my wifes pc, all we need in that box is a better gpu really but that requires a new powersupply and thats more work to mess about with removing from the old case etc etc etc plus a case of laziness :)

Im going to save for that new amd proc with the new funky fpu / 128bit wide SSE etc... give it another 6-8 months and everything will be quadcore so I see no point upgrading yet.

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Mat Tschirgi (not verified)
I've had this clunker of a

I've had this clunker of a PC desktop (pIII 733 MhZ) for around eight years now and while I've done piecemeal upgrades, it's really time for me to get a new one in the near future.

The "Build a Gaming Rig" article was great, but I am thinking of going laptop. I've flirted with the idea of getting a Mac (Final Cut Pro and iLife are some great software) to dual boot, but because of my large retro PC gaming collection I might just go with a ~$800 PC laptop for retro-gaming/general purpose use and down the line get a Mac desktop for video + sound editing.

The only reason I'm not springing for a laptop yet is because I am going to be moving soon and I am waiting for Vista to work out some kinks (which may take quite a while, ;)).

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Mark Vergeer
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Using 3 OS'es on a single

Using 3 OS'es on a single machine is quite doable:
XP, Vista and OSX

Vista is purely for fun but I am using XP and OSX quite extensively.
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