Re: any advice???
Expect to exceed $1,000 plus on parts for gaming PC's. IT all depend on how much you are willing to spend. The Athlon FX processors have great review for gaming and has benchmark to show for. I would also recommend an AMD Athlon 64 processor if you can't afford the Athlon FX equipped with a motherboard that supports that. Perhaps an MSI motherboard with the nForce4 Ultra chipset or one that supports SLi. There are other great boards too and I'm sure other members will post more ideas. I just happen to like MSI.
Remember the key component to a great PC lies in your motherboard/CPU/memory. For gaming, you also need a mid to high end video card and that will cost anywhere from $200 plus depending on what you like. Hard drive is another component that can help access time but not by much seeing that you are still using mechanical means of data access. You can go with the Western DIgital Raptor drives that pumps out 10,000 RPMs but that is quite on the pricey side. In my opinion, SATA drives are the way to go. They will keep improving as time goes by.
If sound is important to you, then you'll need a good sound card like an Audigy 2 Gamers Edition with THX and DTS support.
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