Ok i'm somewhat of a n00b when it comes to computer hardware. What i'd like to do is upgrade my pile of junk computer I own. My price limit is $400 and what I know I can take from the old PC is the hard drive I just installed the video card and the networking stuff I have. The computer was built in 1999 so it's quite dated. All I really need is the essentials and i'd like to take care of the more expensive stuff now. What I want to do is slowly upgrade it over time so the little stuff I can take care of later. If there is anything I can use from the old one to hold me over till' I can replace it is a plus.
Well I do know i'm going to need alot of ram, around 1024 cause I do alot of stuff at the same time. My current PC is a P2 Quantex running at somewhere in the 300-400mhz (laungh all ya want, it's lasted me this long). I also do a little bit of gaming on here such as the sims, AOE and Civilization so a video card isn't really needed cause I have a good enough one at the time. I'd also prefer Intel. I'm not exactly looking at top of the line here, just quality at low cost. I really want to use as much as I can from my old computer to hold me over till' I can replace it. I don't think that i'd need a very powerful procesor probably a basic P4. Anyways thanks for helping.