Help: want to get a new computer.

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  1. Userdoesnotexist

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    I'm planning on getting a new computer, have around $500 to spend give or take a little bit.
    I won't need to get hard drive, or DVD drive, but I'll probably need everything else.
    Main purpose of this thing is for gaming.
    I'm basically computer hardware illiterate, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    This can be done for $500.

    Look here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128322

    At the bottom left there's a motherboard/processor combo deal for $126.99. This'll give you a Pentium D 2.66 and a motherboard that can support the newest processors (Core 2 Duo) if you upgrade later. The motherboard also already has sound and network support.

    The downside of the combo is the oddball memory configuration. It's DDR2 533 and you've got only two memory slots. Start with 1GB in two chips, so 2x512 kit like this $129.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820144176

    Spend some money on video - 512MB 7600GS $126.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814125040

    Need a PSU (Antec 450W) $59.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103936

    Total's $445. If you need a case pick out a MicroATX case from newegg that's to your liking and fits the budget: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811180030

    This box won't be great but it will run the latest games reasonably well, significantly better as you upgrade.

    Your next upgrade should be more memory (replace the 2x512MB with a 2x1GB), then better video, then either a faster HDD or a Core 2 Duo processor. Somewhere in there get yourself a cheap DVD burner.
     
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    If you run the above build or something similar this forum can help you actually build the thing. Please note that you havn't bought any software (yeah, right) yet.
     
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    If you can stand to spend a little extra on the RAM, get 1x1GB now instead of 2x512MB, that way you won't have to toss the 2x512MB when you add an extra gigabyte later on.
     
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    Works, but it's a good idea to run a matched set, meaning you buy them together.

    If it were me I'd run 2x1GB=2GB now and max out the motherboard. It'd cost more but there's no future yardsale hassle. 2x512MB=1GB saves money now but you'll be eating some cost when you upgrade and sell it off. If you run a single chip now you may not be able to find this rare speed and a matched chip when you upgrade.

    $700-$800ish builds a very solid gaming box that'll do Core 2 Duo but might have a Pentium D at the start. Most importantly, we can hit the more common DDR2 800 memmory standard and put in a significantly better video card.
     
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    is that 700-800 USD or CAD?
     
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    You can probably find a better board in a combo that will have four memory slots so that he could do the 2x512mb now for dual channel.
    And without having to pay much more money.
     

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