Originally Posted by Bravo2010
Wow, I read through the posts and some of you guys actually pulled it off, a system for $250, koodos.
You know I had some other opinions but you guys kicked so mush azz there pointless. To the OP again congrats on the marriage and maybe take this one piece of advice. It was fun reading all the post buts here's the REAL TRUTH.
Just becuase you have $250 for system NOW doesn't mean you buy a system NOW. To be honest that super Combp probably wont run any faster then a $75 P4 so why bother. What you should really do is SAVE UP another $150 and make the budget $400, and maybe borrow a copy of Windows (Which I might add that I've NEVER seen so many $500 systems running Windows 64 Ultimate then when checking out members rigs).You really need to save up just a little more
. Some people might disagree but Ill bet you anything there not running a $250 rig. For that price you might as well buy a net book because thats the performance you will be getting.
Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with you.
I pretty well certain that all of the builds mentioned, even including the original super combo, would give you better performance than a P4 or a netbook.
I'm particularly fond of the Intel build, as I feel like it has a good upgrade path to a 2500K, and the G630 is certainly no slouch in games. I feel like the only things that are being cut-back on in all of the suggested builds are the hard drive and the case, really. And if they get the job done, then there isn't much of anything to complain about there either.
But I can't disagree with you either when it comes to saving up cash. A little bit more money would go a long way, but then again you can get stuck in the never-ending cycle of waiting just a little bit longer to save up for a better this or that, or for the next CPU or GPU series. In the end, I think its best to buy the best you can afford now that will give you good performance now and an upgrade path in the future.
And definitely props to you guys coming up with ~$250 builds, its better than what I could have done.
(And also congratulations to the OP on the marriage, I don't think I've mentioned that yet.