Answer by kevin · Jul 03, 2010 at 09:06 PM
I think of something I had been watching and they build a $600 gaming pc (source: Tekzilla) recentally. may want to look at the parts: http://revision3.com/tekzilla/veronicapc#seek=273:1030
Answer by chadt4 · Jul 03, 2010 at 09:01 PM
To put it short. No. The case alone will be about $100-300, the mobo will be another $200-300, the processor will be around $250, and the RAM will be at least $100. Then factor in the hard drive, graphics card, etc...
Answer by jwonno · Jul 04, 2010 at 10:16 PM
Decent depends on how hardcore you're going to be gaming. If you're looking to be able to say yes to "But can it run Crysis" (at max settings) then, no, $650 will not be enough. Can you get a PC that will run most current games for that price? Yes.
This popped up on ExtremeTech a couple of days ago.
It doesn't necessarily show you the best products nor the ones you may prefer, but it does show you don't have to spend a fortune to play current gen games.
Answer by Razor512 · Jul 05, 2010 at 11:27 AM
Tomshardware recently did a low cost gaming PC build for $550
I checked over it and is is really a good well balanced build for that price, but I recommend that instead of the 2GB memory that the build is using, you use 4GB memory instead. and skip the cooler unless you are going to be overclocking.
The build done on revision3 is also really good but keep in mind that are giving up a CPU with 3 fast cores for a CPU with 4 slightly slower cored that overall make a faster chip, the cheap quad core will benchmark lower in many games but is much more balances when it comes to handling gaming and non gaming tasks such as video encoding and stuff