I'm Snooper and it's my very first hour here on tomshardware.com - So handle with care
Okay so here's the deal!
I've been refered to here by a friend on a computer game forum (http://www.forums.darkfallonline.com)
It's because, i need to buy myself a new computer, and i have a budget on around 400 euros wich is about 533.85 dollars.
The computer i'm looking for is mainly for gaming, feel free to ask if you need more info so far!
(I have monitor and keyboard and other stuff here allready, i only need the computer )
My computer is pretty old and my computer system is;
2 gb. Ram
Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40 GHz
Be aware! I'm not an expert on computers, so i might not be able to fully understand your replies! So please be gentle!
For 533 you're going to have to look at recycling some parts from your old computer, namely the case and optical drives. That alone may shave off 100-120 bucks from the cost of building a PC. However if you have a crappy case, you might want to invest in something with a bit more airflow, especially if you plan on overclocking.
For extremely low budget i'd go for a low-end Core 2 Duo or maybe even a E5200 Pentium Dual core....then overclock that. Get a decent graphics card if you can afford it (Radeon 4___). You can get E5200+mobo or a decent Athlon+mobo combo at Newegg for about 100. Then spend about 100 on a graphics card, 20-30 on RAM, recycle your old case if you can, get a decent PSU, and if you need a new hard drive they're not too expensive now anyway, 500gb for 50 bucks maybe.
Lately DDR2 is damn cheap so you can easily grab a 2x2gb kit for 20 bucks.
I agree with Third on that.... just have to figure what you want now, what your going to want or need in the future.
The combos that new egg have now days allow you to build 1 heck of a system for little cash. I built mine for just under $500, and have no problems with games.
Phenom II 720 Triple core Black Edition (2.8 gigahertz)
Athlon 64 5600 Dual Core (2.9 gigahertz)
The PII is better, but more expensive. Also, it's kind of stupid to use on your build because you wanna keep costs down but you're not OCing.
The Athlon X2 5600 paired up with a midrange graphics card will provide a decent gaming experience. Sorry to say, but if you want to use high end graphics card you need a higher end CPU, or at least a midrange CPU overclocked.