So as I mentioned in an earlier post, I am getting a new system. I actually ordered it. All the parts came to 340. Does not include monitor, keyboard, mouse, optical drive, or wireless card. If you include the 1 TB hard drive I bought a few months ago, then it's 370. And windows 7 pro brings it up to 400.(college "student" discount woo!) Here's a list of parts:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
BIOSTAR TA785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard w/onboard Radeon HD 4200 video card
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans
BFG GX Series GX-550 Power Supply ATX, Modular, 550 Watts, 140mm Silent Fan.
After all the combos and instant rebates, shipping charges etc. it comes to 340.
My current video card should be good enough for running games like Mass Effect 2 well. But I will probably buy a nice one early next year or something... Maybe just for Rage.
Don't whine about me not including a new monitor in the set. I mean do you purchase a new TV every time you get a new system? Also it's not hard to find a comfortable keyboard and mouse unless you have like huge sausage fingers. Can't say the same for console controllers though. Also I use the computer far more. Not just for gaming. But also just daily activities including lots of work like writing emails, completing applications, mixing beats to stuff like listening to music(in a personal setting) and playing freeware games. Even my current HL2 era 5 year old system isn't crashing or anything. Although there's a busted sleeve fan inside, it still doesn't overheat and boots up like a charm every time. Can't say the same for my 3 year old wii.