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What is the standard gaming PC these days?

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A lot of people come to these forums and ask for a PC that will allow them to play most contemporary games and decent settings without breaking the bank. So, keeping these permutations in mind, what would the specs of a PC look for such a build.

Let's assume that our owner cannot overclock too well and just wants one that works.

CPU: Wolfdale E8400 3Ghz - $195; Chosen because of the high clock speed and good performance.
GPU: BFG Tech 8800GT -$180; Chosen because it is easily the best value for money card going around at the moment.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L - $90; This board always has a soft spot in my heart because it is just so damn fast for the price.
Memory: Transcend 4GB (2 x 2GB) - $70; Cheap 4GB of ram...'nuff said.

Assuming the rest is extras that aren't consequential these amount to about $535.

Other important things are PSU obviously (Corsair 520HX is a good one in my opinion) and an operating system (Vista x64).

That's the cost of PC gaming these days then. Compared to the consoles? What do you guys think? Worth it?

Also, feel free to give your own gaming PC recommendation. I'm hoping some guys on the lookout for solid gaming PCs will take a look at this thread and get some ideas.
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i think

p5k SE ....£70

e2180....£50

2gb pc6400....£30

win XP.....£50

8800GTS 320 ..£70 maybe a G92 but keeping cost down

500w psu .....£20

160gb ide HDD....£30

£320

all of these parts are cheap as chips & will run anything currently out there
bar ''crysis''
probably alot cheaper in the states ....
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seagate 160gb ide 160gb seagate sata dvdrom sata x64 W.7600 RTM 20" 1680x1050 & 23'' 2048x1 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
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250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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Since most people here use there PCs for more then gaming it is worth it. I've been playing COD4 and for the higher resolutions I need a better graphics card. I'm waiting for my stimulus payment and if everything goes as planned it will be upgraded. You are right the E8400 is a screamer hitting 4ghz on a regular basis. The 8800GTX 768mb will run anything at 22" LCD high resolutions. Some games are using over 640mb.
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