I'm looking for recommendations for a $500 to $800 system. I have been out of the game for about six months and know very little about conroe (Core 2 duo) and the latest AMD processors, motherboards, and chipsets. As far as video cards go, I think I can deal with those, but I still appreciate recommendations. I am open to multiple recommendations so I can present a couple very good options of different prices to the person I am building the system for. I want a dual core system, on either the Intel LGA platform or AMD's AM2. I do not want to overclock this system, so leave that out of the setup. I am looking for a very reliable, reasonable future ready system. (My last build for this person lasted 4 years still fast, they do not do a whole lot of gaming.. I'm looking to do even better with this system due to a higher budget.)
Parts I would really like recommendations on:
-The Desktop: Abit NF7-S V2 w/ the old AXP-M 2500+ (OC'd) and TT Volcano 12, 1 gig RAM, 37GB WD Raptor, 80Gb Hitachi, XFX NVidia GEForce FX 5700LE (OC'd), Enermax Aluminum Case and XClio 450watt psu, DL DVD-R/RW, DVD-ROM (+ floppy)
SB Audigy 2 ZS
-Everyday:HP Laptop 15.4WS w/Turion64x2 TL-56, 2gig, 160gb, Lightscribe DVD-R/RW, NVidia graphics, Vista
motherboard - $50-100
CPU- well I just seen a perty nice deal IMO, I know they don't plan on gaming but I'll post it anyway... http://www.newegg.com/Product/...d=0&PageSize=10&page=1
it's the one that comes with the saphire x1950gt for $301
other then that, just a x2 3600-42/4400 should work fine
any of those should be a nice kit
PSU- Antec sm2.0 500w
for the price after the MIR, OMG that's a good deal.
and the c2d's, well, good for OCing, but they're a bit much.