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Old October 18, 2008, 10:10 PM
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Buy Antec NSK4480 New Solution ATX Mini Tower Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 3X3.5INT 380W ATX12V V2.0 Black
Like jdrom said, the NSK4480 just can't be beat for the price. Good case, great PSU. $88.

That leaves you with $162 for a mobo and GPU. I would suggest looking for a used 8600GT or 8600GTS, maybe even 3850, 3870, 8800GTS 320, 8800GTS 640, 8800GT 256 -- all can be had between $35-80 used. I've seen plenty on hardforum.

That puts us down to $82 for a mobo. Maybe one of these:
Biostar TP43D2-A7 ATX LGA775 P43 DDR2 1PCI-EX 3PCI SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN CrossFireX Motherboard - DirectCanada
Buy Biostar P31-A7 ATX LGA775 P31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 3PCI SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Agile Electronics - Buy Mfgs Part-#:GA-EP31-DS3L online in Canada - Buy Biostar G31-M7 mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA Video HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Buy Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard

Don't know how good these boards are, though. I avoided picking anything ECS/PC Chips, these are probably a step up from those boards.
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