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Another potential PC build(er)

I'm looking into building a new PC. Mostly for gaming, and other miscellaneous uses. But gaming is the important part.

I'm familiar with most PC conventions and can figure out for the most part whatever I'm NOT familiar with, but a few things are floating around in my mind:

-I would like my vid card to be ~%30-%40 of the entire cost of the machine (ideally)

-I don't know an awful lot about processors.

My request is simple: what kinds of CPUs are ideal for gaming and light tasking? I will def. be with Windows 7 by the time I start making purchases... Any ideas will help. I'm drooling over the Radeon 5800 cards, but I'll likely scale down to help my budget.

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My kid's game machine.

We found a nice hp d5000(t?) for 389 and added a nvidia gt 220 1GB to it. It's fast, stable and wasn't that much money. Yes you'll get those that want even faster video cards but we paid so little that you wonder if you can get by for less.
Bob

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Don't skimp

Quite frankly, I haven't ever found a happy gamer for long. When you DIY, buy the best you get of top shelf components and cool the system well. Further, start building the system with a darn good PSU, well capable of remaining stable voltage output, placed in a large case if possible. The case itself will allow better airflow, fan placement and/or mounting anything within reason that could optimally help your build. That's it, you check specs and etc. and follow your pocketbook. Remember cheap is cheap. Checkout http://www.tomshardware.com for reviews and possible guides and google for gamer websites.

tada ------Willy Happy

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