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Hey Tom's!

I'm looking to build my first gaming computer. I'm not interested in high graphics settings or awesome resolutions, merely in a cheap box that can run most games at medium settings (or even near minimum settings, in the case of newer games).

My budget is looking to be no more then $450, not including OS. I don't need it to do anything but game; I've got a MacBook for everything else.

I'm specifically looking for a game that can adequately perform on the recently announced sequel to Majesty, the settings for which are given below.
Recommended
# Windows 2000/XP/Vista;
# CPU: Intel Dual Core 3 GHz;
# 1 GB RAM;
# Video card not worse than GeForce GTX 260, with no less than 512 MB of operating memory and supporting PS 2.0 ;
# Sound card compatible with DirectX;
# 4 GB of free hard disk space;
# DirectX 9.0;

Minimal
# Windows 2000/XP/Vista;
# CPU 2GHz;
# 1 GB RAM;
# Video card not worse than GeForce 6800 GT with no less than 256 MB of operating memory and supporting PS 2.0 ;
# Sound card compatible with DirectX;
# 4 GB of free hard disk space;
# DirectX 9.0;

Any advice you could give on good components to pick would be much appreciated.
 
This system will run $487 before shipping and after all rebates. The board is good quality, but it's a micro atx board, so not much possibility for future upgrades. This setup is best if you OC the cpu a bit. The budget really limits the possibilities, but this should be able to play most games on medium settings without bottlenecks.
cpu - 73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
HD - 42
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
Board - 53
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128357
Video card - 85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127394
RAM - 23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161182
PSU - 31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023
Vista 64 - 140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116515
case - 40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133058
 
Well here goes...

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $72.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072

GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $52.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128357

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $54.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $45.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102803

Totals around $440 well u can upgrade the HDD though if u want...this will play most games in medium settings easy...
 
I picked out XP pro, which is the best version of XP IMO. Vista home premium is good, if your getting 4 or more Gb of RAM. The 4850 is good if you want to run on high settings for most games. The 4830 will run most games on medium.
 

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Still mulling over the suggestions, but for the OS thing



My bad. OP said "including OS" till one of my friends mentioned he had an extra copy of XP I could have. Bad form on my part to edit that out without comment.
 

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He said not including OS...

Go for this HDD
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005615&prodlist=celebros

I'd go for the Antec Earthwatts 430w, that thermaltake PSU is not very good.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006

Better mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128380&Tpk=Gigabyte%20P43

Get some more, better ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122
 

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Hey!

Thanks for all the help. I think I've assembled a final list (total is about $460, excluding OS). A little over my mental budget but doesn't seem too bad. If I'm making any blindingly obvious mistakes (or of course if you see a place I can cut costs) let me know!

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX $53
CPU: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz $73
GFX: Radeon HD 4830 512MB $95 (I'm just going to wait til it comes back in stock)
RAM: GSKILL 2x2GB DDR2 800 $46
HDD: WD 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache $55
DVD: LG 22x DVD+R $25
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 430W $50
Case: Antec 300 $60
 


That build minus the OS, and switch out the mobo and HD for these two.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372 $98.99
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161 $52.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
 



Nice build , but if the OP can get a G33 board in that $450 budget it would be even better