I'm posting on behalf of a friend who wants to get a new pc. His budget is AUD$3000 (aprrox US$2000).
He will be using it for games and multimedia and won't be able to upgrade again for about 2 years.
Here is the skeleton We have worked out.
He needs to make it cheaper I'll bold the things that his mum wants as they have to stay...
AMD S939 Athlon 64 4000+
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 2GB PC3200 DDR400
200GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
Albatron GeForce 7800GT
Pioneer dual layer 16x DVD burner 19" CMV TFT LCD Monitor* Windows XP home + Microsoft Office Pro
*This can be changed but it is preffered that it stays.
Is there anyway to make it cheaper without damaging it's performance much?
Remember it has to last 2 years.