1984 Posted October 22, 2005 Share Posted October 22, 2005 I bought my computer 4 years ago, and am looking to build one in the next year or two, so am starting to do research on what exactly I need, and what is good. I want to be able to play some higher end games, i do lots of word processing, use publisher, store a lot of music and movies and want to be able to burn them onto disks. I also want to hitch the pc to my tv to watch stuff on it-which i currently cant do. I currently have a web camera and headset, printer, the speaker system, a lower end sound card, and an external harddrive (wd-7200 rpm, 250gb.). I am torn between keeping this computer as a second to practice loading, uninstalling, formatting, and various programs, etc. without getting the other one "dirty", and canabalizing this one for parts to save on cash. If I canabalize, i will keep the external (which I will keep external), sound card, speakers, web cam and headset, and can use the keyboard, mouse and monitor, and printer. I also have a 40 gb hard drive in the current system, but its so small, i dont know if it is even worth it to keep in my new system. I plan to spend about 3000 dollars Canadian (thats about 85 cents to the american dollar) so about the equivalent of 2500 american. Here is what I have established:I want a gb of ram. I need to know what is a high end type of ram, and what do you suggest for the fastest speed possible. If i canabalize, can i use the existing ram in a new system? I currently have a 256, and a 512 stick-PC2100 DDR SDRAM, gold alloy(I dont know what that all means).I can use this monitor, or get a new one, its not a huge issue. If I do purchase another one, should I get a flat/thin screen or not?I want to put two 250 hard drives in it-I need lots of room. What brand and what is the fastest type that you think I should purchase. I have need a case that will hold more stuff in it. Mine is currently too small and i need room for more stuff.dvd burner-i will need one, and dont know what types are good. what speed am i looking for for fast and reliable burning? As well, should I invest in an external one, and then use my current dvd player as my regular player to save on wear and tear on the burner?I am looking for a processor speed that will not need to be upgraded for a long time. I currently have a 2000 mhz (planar clock speed 400mhz) intel p4- but i see 3 and up processors. I believe that by the time i am ready, the 4000 mhz will be more affordable.Should I go with Pentium or AMD? I currently use a p4 and am happy, but most people i know use AMD. I am not brand loyal and up to trying something different. Suggestions?Graphics card. I currently have a nvidia geforce4 mx 420 (64mb)-very low end from what i understand. I would like to get a higher end (but not necessarily top of the line) card. What would be good? As well, should I get one with a tv tuner built in or not? I understand this will be an expensive item.TV hitch up. What all do I need to connect PC to tv? I want to watch movies an stuff on the tv.Motherboard. Hear the term, dont know the full story. What would I be looking for, and rough cost estimate. Upgradable? Cooling system. Suggestions? I dont even know what i have in mine now, but it has one fan and never feels hot.can i reuse the current floppy drive? should i bother?What else is involved, and what do i need?Synopsis. I want speed. Lots of it. 2500 american to spend. I can build completely new, or canabalize-which i assume will get me a better system. Which do you suggest? You guys rock. Oh, and space in my house is not an issue. As well, the computer is in a cool, dry place if that matters. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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