Originally Posted by Jamxx
I completely agree. That's an excellent statement 1337DuD3!
Why thank you!
As for what you should get. Well, there's a lot of things you have to plan for. One good thign however, is that you have the processor, so that's one thing you DON'T have to worry about!
As for what you should get, here's a list of things, and then from here we can suggest products that will best suit you and your budget. But before I go any further I would like to make one thing very clear...
Originally Posted by Justin's Rule of Thumb
If you want a PC right now, you're going to search for lower priced products.
With that said. If you want a PC here very soon, this limits the budget quite a bit. I know this, it's what I do! If you want a good machine that you can show off and say, "Look n00bs, I got a 1ee7 m4chin3!" Then you'll want to save
your money. Reason is, if you limit your budget, you limit your performace! PCs need performance, if you limit your budget, you limit your PC.
So, let's move on to the products!
- First things first. The power supply.
- With today's products getting faster and consuming less power, get a powersupply at roughly 450W or higher, this gives you room to add more thigns such as LEDs or fans later on, and still gives your hardware enough power to where it won't struggle.
Up next is the Hard Drive
- The hard drive is the next single most important part of the PC and what it does, with the exception to the Processor (CPU). Hard drives are what stores your Operating System, your games, everything. Try to get somethgin that has a sufficient amount of cache and hard drive space, in your case since you're on a budget, yet want to squeeze out some amount of performance, I suggest an 80GB hard drive in Serial ATA connection.
Next would be the motherboard!
- The motherboard is what makes everythign connect and function. You NEED this. So, if it's the one componet that links everythign together and makes everythign function, why settle for a crappy one? Just doesn't make sense! Get somethgin that is...
[B]Has good features, such as 10/100/1000+ ethernet
[C]Supports all of your products that you want to use.
- With that said you should go with a dependable manufacturer. Go with Gigabyte, ASUS, or ABIT. If you want a specific product we can recommend one later.
Next is the RAM.
- RAM is essential, the more the better. Try to get 1 Gig of RAM for starters then work your way up to 2GB. If you ever want to see a noticable change in your PC, RAM is the thing you use. Go with Corsair, Kingston, or OCZ for reliable and good performing RAM manufacturers
The video card.
- We've been talking about this off and on in the past few posts. So, with that said, get the NVIDIA 7800GT, or the ATI equivilant; the ATI X1800XL. Both are great products and offer great performance. I recommend these with two thumbs up!
Well, that concludes my list of products, anyone can add or subtract from it. Hope you enjoy!