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post #21 of 29
You're going to want plenty of RAM and a fairly powerful processor. Video card isn't important for your uses so get a motherboard with onboard or maybe a very cheap one if you want a discrete card.

Actually you probably want a fairly decent graphics card, like an X1600 or something.
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post #22 of 29
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Hmm. Will the motherboard and CPU that's already been suggested suffice for my 'needs'?
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post #23 of 29
I think what everybody is saying is, just wait and buy everything together. Don't buy it piecemeal, because I doubt all of your stuff will work with those parts, and even if they do, why tie yourself to 6 year old tech, just be patient, save up a few hundred more dollars, and start out right.
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post #24 of 29
Given that your rig is six years old, I doubt it might even have DDR RAM... and the video card might be PCI (likely AGP though).

Again, save up.. and get something new.

What you could do is to start out with a bare rig with onboard video and sound. Then later you can add a dedicated video card, a sound card, and additional RAM. Here is an idea:

MoBo: BIOSTAR TForce 6100 AM2 Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX $74.99
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans 2.4GHz Socket AM2 $114.99
RAM: G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) $109.99
HDD: Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 16MB Cache $64.99
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro $15.99
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel $44.99
PSU: HIPRO HP-P500W/TOP-500P5 ATX V2.01 500W $33.50

Total: $425.94

This will already destroy your current rig

Then, when you save up some more, add a video card (7600GT - around $120), a soundcard (SoundBlaster XiFi - around $120), and another stick of RAM.
    
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post #25 of 29
chozart u really now ur stuff man lol
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I can't really see the point in spending all this money on getting a new high spec PC if your going to be running today's games on a 6 year old screen. I think its pretty pointless.

You won't get real value for money unless you get a better display. 19" flat panel is the minimum I'd recommend. You'll be glad in the end you bought one....
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post #27 of 29
I agree with the monitor comment, no point in getting a good rig without a sexay monitor to go with it.
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post #28 of 29
Well it's not the most important thing, especially when it's a budget PC.
I really like Chozart's choice, but one question: with Core 2 Duo around, why pick AMD ? ( until 4x4)
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post #29 of 29
Well.... Simple:

Core 2 Duo:
- CPU: at least $183
- MoBo: at least $125 for a board I'd recommend with onboard video (GIGABYTE GA-965GM-S2) (Ok, you can get an ok 945 chipset based board for around $80... but I don't really recommend those for Core 2 Duo).

Thus, that would be $118 (or $68 if you settle for the 945 based mobo) extra money, which is quite a bit extra given the budget.
    
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