Go with a MSI AMD board
a nice amd processor probably at that time a good barton 2800+ should be a good price. and a decent vid card like the radeon 9700 pro. also get about a gig of ram pc2700 should be sufficient and a name brand (enermax and i prefer antec) 400 watt PSU. With the money left over get the stuff that you need or want. Like a case, sound card, floppy drive, dvd/cd-rw drive, mouse and keyboard, speakers, HardDrives or you can just take the stuff from your current computer and just upgrade.
Sorry for not responding back but I had to create a new account because my hotmail account was disacctivated and I didn't write down the password so I lost the message sent w/ my password. I will be using this computer for gaming and I will be using my old monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, and Windows XP Home for the new computer.
Oh ya if you were wondering the monitor is a 17 inch Sceptre P73 CRT,w/ a Logitech scroll mouse, a Mitsumi keyboard, and 2.1 Midiland MLI-SW190 speakers.
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Since you are on a "thight" budget I suggest the following parts from www.newegg.com. I suppose that you are able to put them together yourself.
Asus 48x24x52 CD-RW $37.00
CASE Dynapower Model# METIS 25$
AMD Athlon XP2500+ "Barton" 333FSB $93.00
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 120GB 7200RPM $98.00
Albatron Nforce2 Mobo, Model KM18G PRO $99.99
2X GEIL 256MB PC-2700 MEMORY 2X30$= $60
Sapphire ATI RADEON 9700 Atlantis PRO $292.00
Grand total of:...................... $704.99
(don't forget that the shipping will cost a few bucks)
The CPU is retail and comes with heatsink/fan.
Well there are many things one could discuss, for instance, I choose to spend the money on a good videocard instead of a faster CPU since I belive that this gives better longetivety. Especially for a gaming system. If you wan't to save some money on my suggested rig, go for a smaller HD, a ordinary CD/DVD-Rom (non burner). Don't buy less than a total 512 MB and 2 sticks of memory since thats required for the dualchannelddr (much better speed) to work. Don't forget to buy/reuse a FLOPPYDRIVE, its unfortunately a must have.
Mobo: the reason I choose this mobo is that it incorporates the outstanding Nforce2 APU soundsystem: Nforge! Belive me, it's very very good and you don't need a seperate soundcard with it. Check this THG article for more info:
Beware that not all Nforce2 boards has this, instead many uses a cheap solution like the inferior realtek 650 soundchip. Another good board that has the Nforge sound is the famous ASUS A7N8X Deluxe. Basically if buying a Nforce2 board, you should make shure it has the MPC-T southbridge!
Also if you can muster some more cash, try getting a case with more power (PSU). Although I think that 300W is enough you might wan't to be on the safe side of things and get 350W.
Well my friend i would suggest you wait and see, Intel will be unveiling their new P4 line at 0.09 micron with improved Hyperthreading and DDR-II support. Speed is the key and Dual Channel DDR is the way to go, if you want monster performance spend the extra bucks on the Core, you cant build a solid foundation on sand, and you might as well do it right if your gonna do it at all.
Buy a motherboard with as much intergrated hardware as is available, EXCEPT video card you do not want a board with onboard video they are a joke. I would suggest an Asus, Gigabyte or MSI, however A-open has been making a comback as of late and the quality of the motherboards have improved markedly.
Dont buy a cheap Computer core then be dissapointed with how slow it is, its not worth the heart ache, do it right.
Whilst i will always build my own too (and my mum's, my dad's, my brother's.....), i have to acknowledge that there are a number of on-line shops that sell REALLY good value, well built base units, with profit margins around 2% or something crazy like that.
In the UK alot of the larger, well known companies sell Windows Xp pre-installed but a good number also sell without anything pre-installed, no mice, keyboards etc, just what you want.
Which country are you in, and i could do a search and post links.