Originally Posted by OhSnapWord
...It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get a good gaming rig out of a $300 machine...
I've highlighted, and underscored OhSnaps
comments above because that is the plain truth. People will give you all kinds of recommendations and advice, but the bottom line is, trying to make a gaming machine out of an aging low end, OEM product is absolutely impossible.
I would urge you to save you money until you have at least $800.00, as a bare bones minimum, if you expect any kind of performance out of a gaming computer.
A moderate level of gaming performance will cost you around $1,200, and a serious, highly upgradable, play anything with max. graphics gaming machine, is close to $2,000.
I don't mean to place a damper on your idea, but I have seen so many people sink $500 or $600 into a computer for gaming, only to be sadly disappointed, and have to replace it in a year or so anyway.