Help Build Me a PC

Ok guys,

Here's my current specs

System Specification---6/23/2009 11:22:22 AM
Windows Windows XP5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 2
Memory (RAM) 896 MB
CPU Info AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2000+
CPU Speed 1652.3 MHz
Sound card Creative Sound Blaster PCI
Display Adapters NVIDIA GeForce 6200 | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Monitors 1
Screen Resolution 1024 X 768 - 32 bit
Network Adapters D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G510 Wireless PCI Adapter(rev.B) - Packet Scheduler Miniport
COM Ports COM2 | COM1
LPT Ports LPT1
Hard Disks C: 149.0GB
USB Controllers 8 host controllers.
Firewire (1394) 1 host controllers.
BIOS Info AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 04/17/02 | ASUS - 42302e31
Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. A7V333
(Friggin old, right?)
I need help building a new computer. I don't need tonz of power, i'm not going to play Crysis on it or anything of that nature, but I do want to play these games without lag from my end (I know there's not much I can do about internet lag).

World of Warcraft (I guess I would also like to know what the best internet conn. speed is for this)
Warcraft 3
Starcraft 2
Diablo 3
Half-Life 2

As you can see I don't do a whole lot of PC gaming, but it's really getting on my nerves when my computer lags when more than 8 players are around me in WoW, I get killed by a demo-man planting 8 remote mines at my feet, and I can't play through a whole Warcraft 3 match without being booted with 5 mins left in gameplay.

I need help.

I don't know enough about PCs to build my own, and all the sites i've visited so far want me to buy things that I wouldn't use ever.

I have an assistant management position at Gamestop and get paid very well, but i'd rather this not go over 600 bones. I don't need an OPS for I have XP Home, and it woiks for me.
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  1. I would go with 3 GB of RAM and Vista Home Premium. A C2D or even Pentium would probably be fine if you want Intel, and I know nothing about AMD, so can't help you there. No need for a GTX series graphics card either. An 8 or 9 series would be fine. But try to get a x6xx or higher. Don't get an x4xx or x2xx card. Those are low-end cards. So an 8800 would be fine.
  2. Man, if you're gonna use that same monitor, get a celeron or an atom with built in graphics.

    Get a Newegg special on an 22" LCD for about $140. Leaves you $440 for the PC. Use your old hard drive, DVD drive, and upgrade them later so that leaves you with $440 for CPU, mobo , RAM, case.

    e6300 and 9600 GT will be a good combo.
  3. If you are gonna use XP, forget the 3GB RAM too. 1-2 would be plenty.
  4. P.S. - If you do decide to upgrade the monitor, do yourself a favor and save some more cash. Don't buy a cheapy $120-150 unit. It will suck. Get this instead for $180

    ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers - Retail

    It's the bee's knees, and barring the monitor goes tits up, you probably won't be buying another monitor for 10 years with this unit.
  5. He can get a 4850 or a 4830 for almost the same price as a 4670 nowadays
  6. Free Win7 RC download will save some up front cash.

    Go with an AM3 mobo like the Gigabyte GA-MA770T-UD3P and an Athlon II 250 Regor 3.0GHz - around $170

    edit: Fergit it .... go with the Asus 770 AM3 and the Phenom 720BE for $189
  7. I found this set up on looks pretty nice, whaddya think?

    Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q9400 2.66GHz 1333MHz 6MB LGA775 EM64T CPU
    ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    Western Digital/HITACHI WD1600JS 160GB SATA2 7200rpm 8MB Hard Drive (DAILY SPECIAL)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

    too much?, too little? ... ?

    Yeah, checked newwegg, looks awesome! But I don't know one bit about building it from scratch, and I'd worry about blowing something to pieces...
  8. Yeah, i'd like to get a nice monitor as well, but they're hecka expensive :S
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