Chrispy_ wrote:I'd be tempted to scour ebay in the next week. There must be a load of people who received new hardware, or money for new hardware today and will likely be casting off their old gear.
If you can get your hands on something like a Core2 Quad + motherboard for $100 you're pretty much set. You'll probably find people casting off old GTX 460's and 5850's for next to nothing too.
If performance/dollar is your primary concern, then used > new. The coming fortnight is probably the best opportunity of the year to get a good used deal.
FWIW, BF3 runs really very nicely at 1920x1080 on medium on my "spare" C2Q and 768MB GTX 460. If you're prepared to run at 720p (as the consoles do anyway) you can really crank up the detail and still get silky-smooth framerates.
JustAnEngineer wrote:Today's shell shocker at Newegg:
$255 -30MIR with free shipping:
AMD Athlon II X3 450 triple-core 3.2 GHz socket-AM3 processor
BioStar A880G+ micro-ATX socket-AM3 motherboard
2x2 GiB G.Skill F3-10600CL9S-4GBNT (DDR3-1333, CAS 9, 1.5 V) memory
500 GB Seagate ST500DM002 7200 rpm hard-drive
no optical drive
cheap ATX mid-tower case
cheap ATX power supply (25 A on the +12 V rail)
no operating system