With my computer troubles, I’m probably going to buy a new tower. Dont’ need a new monitor.
So I’m looking for a site that does cheap, but decent custom builds. Failing that, I would like a bit of help figureing out what I’ll need.
What I’m thinking of is a PC primarily for gaming and internet use. Monitor, keyboard, and mouse are provided, and I plan to cannibalize the old comp for parts (HD, RAM, so on)
So all I’m looking for really is a case, 1 Ghz+ motherboard, 512+ Mb DDR RAM, and a CD player/burner with a play speed of at least 52x. A hard drive is nice, but nto nessecary, since after cannbalization, I’ll have 100 gig on hand. Some extra won’t hurt though. A decent video card is a must, at least powerful enough to play UT2k4 (32 MB, 64MB preferred). Requested OS being Windows 98/XP. Although I could do without the OS, really. Have XP install disks.
Does anyone know how much this might run me? I have maybe 500-700 dollars on me once my checks come in (which will eat my trip money, but it’s got to be done. I’m hoping for some help from mom.)
Why not get a 300$ (with mail in coupons) POS from Best buy? It should fix your problem. I know people don’t typically like compaq and I can attest that my friend’s compaq portable is a POS, but mine’s been good for the past year, 0 problems. I even upgraded it a bit. Removing their advertiser installs isn’t hard and it doesn’t affect the machine’s ability to run. You’ll probably just need to get a video card, really.
If you really want to build it yourself I can supply you with a list of parts with approximations of their respective prices, but you need to at least have some idea what you’re doing in order to build it yourself.
Yeah, when I got my Compaq cuz my HD died, we wanted to get WinXP and it was so expensive that with the new HD, it was better to simply get a new comp that would have more power, memory, etc… since it’d have winxp already with it. Adding video and sound cards is cake from there.
I recommend purchasing the components individually, build it yourself. It’s pretty easy to throw everything together. I built my machine about 2 years ago, and never opened my PC case much before that. Only problem was my old video card didn’t work with my new board, so I had to upgrade that too.