Just my two cents worth here...If I were to skimp on anything, it would be the processor.
For games, the graphics card does most of the work, so the cpu can kick back and relax quite a bit. I'd look into either the Core 2 Duo E6300
, or the Core 2 Duo E6400
. Quite a difference in price, and you'll still get great speed out of the processor, while saving a good amount of money.
Check this link HERE
. It's to Toms Hardware guide. It's a compairison chart for different processors. Select the 2 processors you want to compair (should already be selected) then select a benchmark...the results will be marked in red. Check for yourself, and this way you can make your own educated decision
Check the difference between the E6400 and the E6600. According to the compairisons, there's only a little difference in the speed from one to the other in all the benchmarks, certainly nothing "overwelming" making the faster (more expensive) processor stand out. IMHO, the difference in price isn't worth the difference in speed.
Hope this helps!
EDIT: FYI, I built my computer on a tight budget, and built it with gaming in mind (as I'm a gamer!), and can run F.E.A.R. in the max resolution/highest settings smoothly. I put it together for about $800. I kept an eye out for sales and rebates, then purchased stuff a little at a time. I'll post the specs below.
200gb hdd 7200rpm
Abit Motherboard with 2.93 Celeron cpu 533mhz (combo kit cost less than $100)
SB! Live soundcard 24bit
Just goes to show that one doesn't need to spend an arm and a leg to have a decent computer to play games on!
Edited by stevealmighty, 07 December 2006 - 08:55 AM.