Motherboard, CPU,Memory, & Video card for under $400.
GIGABYTE GA-G41M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813128388
Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz
[NOTE: The Gigabyte site shows the motherboard requires BIOS version F3 to run this CPU.
If it comes with version F1 that could be an issue unless you can get the BIOS updated]
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHzhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819115206
[NOTE:The Gigabyte site shows the motherboard will run this one with BIOS version F1 ]
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kithttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820231098
SAPPHIRE 100248L Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102794
[I have this video card in this unit & am very happy with it]
With first choice CPU : $234. + shipping
With second choice CPU : $266. + shipping.
I limited the memory to 2GB assuming you will be using a 32 bit version of Windows.
I built a unit for one of my nieces last fall.
It was built specifically to play " age of conan"
Compared to what I listed it was a tad lesser unit & runs the game great [according to her.
My niece has been playing WOW for a long time & knows when a game is working well on her unit]
You didn't mention a power supply , which is VERY important.
With the "left over" $ I would get this,
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817341019
May seem a little "extravagant" but keep in mind EVERYTHING in a computer connects to, & depends on, the power supply one way or another.
Most people will spend big bucks on everything else & cheap out on the PSU.
HUGE mistake !
Things work a lot better & longer if they get proper power .
A good PSU allows for upgrading later also.
Edited by fairjoeblue, 25 July 2009 - 12:23 PM.
OCZ StealthXstream 700W,Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R , E8500, Arctic Freezer Pro 7, 3GB G.Skill PC8500,Gigabyte Radeon HD 4850 OC [1GB ], Seagate 250GB SATA II X2 in RAID 0, Samsung SATA DVD burner.