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So It's time for me to build a new PC and I'm trying to challenge myself. To that end I've set the budget at $300. Monitor, keyboard and mouse are not included in the price because I already have all of those things. I'm also not factoring in the case or power supply since I'm just planning on gutting an old donor computer. Most older, off the shelf machines have and ATX form factor and a 400W power supply, so why pay top dollar for something I get by combing yard sales and dumpster diving for.
The first step is to choose a game to build for. I'm kind of thinking about using the recommended set-up for Hard Reset, The Witcher 2, Rage, or Battlefield 3. I want one set up that will potential run them all at medium settings. Since none of these games need more than 4 Gigs of Ram I'll probably just drop $30 for 4 Gigs of DDR3 at the highest speed that the motherboard would support, and I'll probably spend an extra $30 on an AMD CPU like the Athlon II x4. The only real question left is the graphics card(s).
Do I just get something like a Geforce 9800 or Radeon 5570? Or do I go for two cheap Radeon 4850s with Crossfire? SLI is out of the question since 1) there aren't that many SLI motherboards out there and 2) SLI motherboards cost way more than Crossfire X motherboards.
Maybe you guys could come up with something better on that budget. . . .