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PCSTATS Shopping List: Back to school edition - PCSTATS Shopping List: Back to school edition
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The PCSTATS shopping list has been updated for September, check out what we recommend if you're in the market for a new system. Here's what the mainstream system looks like, pretty sweet eh? Shopping list Assistance

$1500 Mainstream Parts List

September 2006
Avg. Price* Description / Model No. Review
$150 AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ Socket AM2 Processor Dealtime -
$178 MSI K9N SLI Platinum nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Dealtime Here
$130 1GB Corsair Twin2X1024A-6400 DDR2 Memory Dealtime -
$266 XFX GeForce 7900GT PCI Express x16 Videocard Dealtime -
$70 Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS OEM 7.1 Soundcard Dealtime -
$100 320GB Western Digital Caviar SE Serial ATA 3.0 Hard Drive Dealtime -
$24 16x Samsung DVD-ROM Dealtime -
$35 NEC 16x Dual layer ND-3550A DVD Burner Dealtime -
$250 Kingwin KT-424-S Aluminum Case + 600W Seasonic S-12 600W Power Supply Dealtime -
$295 20" Samsung 205BW Widescreen LCD Dealtime -
- Also Consider: Operating System, Keyboard, Mouse, 3.5" Floppy Drive, 56K Modem, Speakers. -


Estimated Overall Price
* All prices are approximations and are listed in $USD for simplicity.
Notes: Right on budget, this month's mainstream system has also moved over to AMD's new Socket AM2 platform. A single GeForce 7900GT means framerates with games will be decent and if you need a bit more power, add a second card and run SLI. The power supply has been bumped to the 600W Seasonic S12-600 model and the monitor has been upgraded to a widescreen 20" Samsung 205BW LCD.
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