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I'm not a gamer what so ever, don't think I've played a comp. game actually so I find myself in need of assistance. My nephew needs a new comp. to play recently purchase games on, his old p3 won't do it. I've come across a new in the box system for a fairly low price, I know I'd have to add a vid card, but was wondering if the rest of the system will be adequate for todays games.
AMD 2800+
512 ddr400 ram
On board vid.- but will be putting in a 128 mb. card for him (if  128 is adequate)
xp pro


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Don't think it matters but, forgot 40 gig. hdd.
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For today's newer games I would also recommend at least 1GB of ram. I agree that the HD needs to be bigger (some of the newer games are 3+ gigs)
Be sure that you can actually upgrade the video with a card, most lower priced motherboards don't have the necessary slot to put the video card in.
I would be very suspect of this machine.

Many of the machine with Onboard Video do not facilitate the necessary
hardware for suscessful upgrades. ESPECIALLY E-MACHINES!!

You need to becareful, because you may find yourself spending more
on the upgrades, than it would have been just to buy a newer more
pricey system already stocked! Especially if this system is an older machine
from a friend that requires a specific type of RAM. Note the older the type of
RAM the more money it's going to cost you..

It is a tricky business..

If you really want good advice.. POST how much money you are willing to spend,
and then we can give you some better advice.
Note at this point, the size of the Harddrive is not really as much an issue
as is the speed of your drive. By todays standards 40gig IS small and you
will find many drives well over that within a reasonable price range.

It is the least of your problems.. 40gigs is enough unless you are going
to go nuts installing mutliple games, videos, music.. etc...

I will say that the gaming I do "Battlefield 2" requires mega power
and memory, and the updates/patches, and MODS are often very
large, but I would be fine with a 40gig if that was pretty much all
I was doing.
Go for a 80 gig HD and 1 gig RAM
I would shoot for 2 GIG of RAM if your looking to stay up to speed for more than
a couple years.