I have recently decided that I should leave the consoles behind (Xbox 360) and move over to the PC. Unfortunately I know very little about PC's except what the components look like and a basic idea of what they do.
I want to run FPS's such as Counter-Strike, MW2 and TF2. I already have a Case, Power Source and Optical Drive (it doesn't matter to much as I am looking to use steam and I dont watch many movies ect.). I have a tight budget so I'll probably slowly buil it up over a few months as I get the money.
I've got a basic set up which I have chosen from recommendations on other posts so these components may not even match. I would also really appreciate it if you think I can get more for my money, if I need other parts and if this is good enough/more than I need to run these type of games...
Finally, I am also confused on what to choose for my OS. I know that windows is the most popular and I know how to use it, but I don't want to have to pay for virus protection as I know all to well it picks up viruses too easily. I would appreciate any thoughts about Linux, Mac or any good free virus protection software.
1. That LGA 775 socket processor is incompatible with the LGA 1156 motherboard
2. That is far too much $$ for rudimentary/entry level gaming performance
3. For around the same $$ off EBuyer UK: http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Unti-1.jpg
4. Above assuming u have a half decent PSU, unsure just state what model/make PSU u on currently
I don't think its that great, It's out of my old family PC....
a. GF7100 is never gonna eek out frames significant enuff for u to game
b. brand name PC casings, especially budget configs are horrible at ventilation/layout for gaming rig hardware
c. 220W Acer OEM PSU will not cut it
2. 2nd one:
ECS Geforce 6100PM-M2 V2.0 is effectively AM2 mobo with HT limitation, PCIex16 gen 1.0/1.1 So outdated, inferior tech with DDR2
Here is a system i've drafted up, i've used ebuyer for everything, and yes the video card is a bit more expensive than other places, but this way u make use of ebuyers free shipping on big orders.
I've left out the OS cos different places have it cheap, and it depends if u want an OEM license, or u can use an old OS to get an upgrade license etc.
You could factor in an aftermarket CPU cooler, if u want to OC, but i've left it out. The mobo has USB3 and sata 6 so you are covered there aswel
AsRock's M3a770DE board is £52ish on ebuyer if that helps trim it down a bit for you
and yeah, you can probably go smaller on a hard drive til you want/need/can afford a bigger one but unless your old ram is ddr3, youll need to buy that 4Gb kit listed as well
Hope this helps some,