A friend has asked me to put together a dual-core gaming rig for him, and the budget is $2000 CAD max (around $1700 USD).
Here are the parts and any suggestion/revision is welcome:
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2GHz Dual Core Socket 939 512K L2 Cache ( Retail Box ) $425
GFX card: Asus EN7900GT nVidia GeForce 7900GT(450MHz) 256Mb DDR3(1.3GHz) 256-Bit Dual DVI-I HDTV-Out PCI Express Graphics Card $449.00
Mobo: DFI Lanparty nF4 SLI-DR Socket 939 nForce4 SLI w/ Dual-Ch DDR400, Dual Gb LAN, PCI-Express (SLI), SATA 3Gb/s, Dual RAID, 8-Ch Audio, SPDIF, IEEE $240
RAM: OCZ PC-3200 DDR400 Performance Series 2GB (2x1024) Dual Channel Kit CAS3 (OCZ4002048PFDC-K) $250
PSU: Antec SmartPower 2.0 500 Watt ATX12V v2.0 PSU PCI-E Ready $88
Case: Antec P160W Anodized Aluminum Super Mid Tower with side window $125
After tax price is $1813 CAD, so maybe I should upgrade some of the parts.