pricing is an issue. I have a $500 budget for the actual rig with another 100 set aside for games and software, but that can be tapped into if need be. so if you have cheaper, but equally effective alternatives, do share.
I want to be able to run most games at full settings and crysis as high settings
now the hardware that is the most expensive and I think is the most important.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 $167
XFX PVT98WYDFU GeForce 9800 GTX $134
hec X-Power Pro 650 650W Continuous $54
I live in china and the fact that the dollar has gotten so low, it's actually cheaper to get these parts in America, and I would have to bring them over by air, and these are small enough and solid enough to survive flight.
will these do it for me? I will get a motherboard, 4 gigs of ram, CD drive, hard drive, and everything else here in china with a liquid cooled case.