Well, this is my first post and I figure, since I'm going to be blogging about games and I do most of my gaming on my PC (at least until I get a Wii after Xmas!!!) I would post my PC specs. I bought this PC in September '07 from newegg.com. I could have saved some cash here and there, but for the price I paid it's a rock solid machine.
Case: 34.99 Logisys Area 51 CS51WSL mid-tower w/ 480 watt PSU
Mobo: 69.99 Biostar NF4UAM2G NVidia nForce4 Ultra
CPU: 169.99 AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Dual-Core
GPU: 114.99 MSI NX8600GT-T2D56E GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit
RAM: 107.00 Corsair XMS2 2GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
HD: 79.99 Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM
With a few other odds and ends this rig cost me right around $620, not bad at all for my first build. I'm very happy with it and its performance.
Just for an example I can run Call of Duty 4 at 1280x720 2xAA with med-high settings and get an average of 25-45 FPS depending on the activity. I can run Crysis at 1280x720 2xAA with medium settings and get the same framerate. I was really surprised how well my rig tears apart Crysis.
I'm currently looking at a new widescreen LCD monitor and contemplating a new video card. NVidia released their new 8800GT at a nice 250$ price point. I'll probably hop on that in a year when I need an upgrade. I'll have to get a new mobo then as well, mine only has a single 16x PCI-E. But like I said it suits me fine for now.
Well you can expect me to (hopefully) update at least on a weekly basis. I hope to post my ventures throughout my current games and other information I have to share about my life and my college experiences. So yea, there ya go!