Originally Posted by chr0mius
If you'd like, I could PM you some computer set ups. You'd be suprised what all you could keep from an old computer, so it may be pretty cheap.
Also, is there a specific budget to stick to? And what do you plan on doing with this computer? Can you put a computer together yourself?
I can do a lot of the assembly myself, but I also have a buddy who built his own system and will be around to help me.
As far as my PCI cards, I have an Audigy 2 soundcard and an ethernet card. I'm quite happy with the Audigy 2, though I don't know if newer onboard audio is supposed to be as good or better than an Audigy. I was planning on keeping it, as well as keeping the ethernet card.
I basically want to make sure I order parts that compliment each other well. I want I mobo that comes with a reliable BIOS that gives me the option of tweaking settings, and I also want a chipset that goes hand-in-hand with whatever GPU I buy. I figure I'll need 1Gb of RAM to get me started, though I would like 2Gb if there is a known good brand that is reasonably cheap.
I want to do all this for $400-$500. I don't need the latest and greatest processor and mobo, mind you. Just something that gives me more power and the chance to upgrade in the next 2 years, if possible. If you would like to send me lists of compatible parts, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks for all the help so far everybody!
EDIT: My hard drive is only 80Gb and probably some "old" protocol (connects with ribbon cables). I don't necessarily need a new one, but it depends how much they cost. A dual HD setup would be nice.
I also think I'll probably be needing another case fan, as I only have one (see picture on page 1). I also need to make sure I stay within the range of my 350W power supply, as I don't want to buy a new one.