Hi my name is Adam AKA xHotheaded or Hothead I am 14 years old, from the UK and recently got interested in building my own desktop (This is my first time doing this sort of thing). Obviously being 14 I am strapped for cash so £500 is the absolute max I can afford. I haven’t decided on an OS yet but I know they’re expensive and will have to take this into account so technically I have around £400 ($616) for the hardware.
First of all I will be mainly browsing the web, watching HD YouTube videos and some light video editing with Sony Vegas or other editing programs. So obviously I don’t want to go overboard with the Video Card. I will be using http://www.scan.co.uk/ I would like a moderately-quiet pc if I can get one for this price but it isn’t too much of an issue.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Late June/Early July ’10.
BUDGET RANGE: £400-500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM LEAST IMPORTANT TO MOST IMPORTANT: HD YouTube Videos, Web Browsing, Light Video Editing (Sony Vegas etc.).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.scan.co.uk
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Wales, UK.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I have never done it before so I don’t know if it is worth it.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1152x864.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The quiter the better but not really required.
After a couple of days scanning this sites reviews and many others on different pieces of hardware I have come up with a rough estimate of what components I need/want:
I will not being a keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers with this as I will be broke but I will be upgrading once I get some more money. My current monitor has a resolution of 1152x864.
I have a few questions to ask.
Do I need Windows 7 or can I get by using XP?
Should I get RAM for 32 or 64 bit?
Can I get XP on my new computer if it is on my current computer? If so how?
All help is appreciated and considerated obviously the main aim is to get a really low price, long lasting and easily upgradable computer that would suit my needs but I obviously don’t have the experience to do it on my own.