Originally Posted by Superman217
I mostly game, the whole reason I first decided I needed an upgrade besides filling up my hard drive is because alot of the new games are glitchy on my comp now, and I plan on playing Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. I would like to be able to multitaskin in the sense of I like to be able to burn cd/dvds and actually be able to use my computer at the same time
or surf the web while im playing a game. I cant really think of anything to heavy, but the number one priortiy is gaming lol Thxs for the first response
Well first and foremost, you need to decide whether or not you want to go with an AMD based computer or an Intel based computer. Choosing the processor will be your first step. Today's, and more importantly the future's, games are beginning to rely on dual core processors so it is with no doubt in my mind that you are going to want to choose a dual core CPU (also for the purpose of multitasking, dual core at this time is a must). Take a look at the AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors (socket AM2) and the Intel Core Duo Dual-Core processors (socket 478) and decide which you want. If you're not sure, just post links to ones you are considering and then i can further help you make a decision. After that, you need to find proper hardware that will work with your choice of processor:
Motherboard - must be the same socket configuration as the CPU
Memory - must be supported by the motherboard/CPU ex. DDR2 or DDR3. Go for at least 1GB of memory (but 2GB or more is much better when it comes to gaming).
Graphics Card - because you are heavy into gaming, don't cheap out on a good graphics card. You should be looking at a high mid-range to high end GPU so you can be sure that you can run all your games comfortably
Power Supply/PSU - Your hardware is probably going to suck back a lot of power so look into getting a power supply that's no less than 500W. And yes, there are differences between PSU 'A' and PSU 'B' if they are both 500W. The amperage on the 12V rail is what's most important.
Harddrive - there is really no set rule as to which hard disk drive you should choose but it would be better to pick a faster harddrive since running games will be more effective. Look into a SATAII harddrive (assuming the motherboard supports it) - the higher the RPM the better.
Case - for a computer case, just make sure that it supports the form factor of the motherboard (ex. ATX, microATX)
I think that just about covers it aside from things like monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc. Those are all things that should be taken into account at the very end.
As far as your problem with DOS goes, im not sure what you did to delete it (and im not sure how your OS would be working without it) but im not sure how to recover it so unfortunately with that problem i can't help you. Your best bet would be do to some searching online for solutions.