Advice on building a custom gaming machine
Posted on 2003-03-06
Hey guys. This could be a long question, so brace yourself :P
I'm looking for some advice on building a custom machine, for use mostly with high end gaming. I'm looking to spend around $700 max, but of course I want to do everything as cheap as possible. Looking for tips, advice, and hopefully specific product recommendations.
I was thinking in terms of starting with some type of barebones kit, and upgrading from there. I'm looking for a basic desktop system, excluding extras that I won't use. I'd like to keep in mind the potential for upgrades in the future, don't want a 'dead end' set-up.
'Ballpark' outline of what I want. Think reliable hardware, best prices.
-around 2.0ghz Processor (leaning towards AMD)
-looking to start with about 512MB DDR SDRAM
-motherboard (no clue)
-would like to include CD-RW burner, nothing fancy
-high-end video card, like GeForce 4 or FX?
-20-40GB hard-drive should be more than enough
-floppy drive, nothing fancy
-CD-ROM, nothing fancy (possibly could use the burner?)
-plan on getting cable modem
-basic sound card, nothing fancy
-have Windows98SE on current machine, will probably use that
P.S. Can I put regular SDRAM in the DDR SDRAM expansion slots, or does it have to be DDR?
Thanks in advance.