[QUOTE=eric93se;2497730]So it all depends on your budget, you can use your old monitor if you want but if you want your PC to feel new then a LCD monitor is the way to go.
So by HQ video’s you weren’t referring to HD videos Yeah a cheap video card or even built in video will play video, but when it comes to games you really want a video card. Unless you never intend to get a modern game. You can start out with a motherboard that has onboard video and go from their.
The system I picked out is far more modern than the one from tiger. It includes an efficient quad core, 4GB ram instead of 2GB, a quality PSU, a very capable video card, also the heatsink/fan for the cpu, keyboard and mouse. Also the RAM is the older DDR2 instead of DDR3, so the newer machine will support future cpus while the old setup will be very limited for future upgrades.
Not all cases include a PSU, I picked a better PSU that is cheap, efficient and has lots of modern connectors.
If you want a 1TB HDD, the best one to get is the Samsung F3 Link. I have one and they are very good, fast enough to be the boot drive.
The quad that I picked is based on the athlon cpu line, its good but the Phenom line is faster and has level 3 cache (not a big deal). The dual core Callisto is based on the phenom line and for the price of the athlon quad core you can unlock it into a full phenom quad core. But its not guaranteed, but for you and what your doing even a fast dual core will be fine.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=eric93se;2497734]So here’s modern PC with a MB that has onboard video for you to start with to see if its fast enough for your current games.
combo deal cpu + MB:
BIOSTAR TA785G3HD AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 350W 20+4 pin connector Power Supply
Most if not all cheap cases that come with a PSU are not good enough to support a fast video card, but it should support a slow one.
The above is $305.[/QUOTE]
from the links that you gave for the 300$ pc, at the end of the day, is the 600$ one faster? because if it is i wouldn’t mind spending the extra money-even if it just speeds up the booting time.
i just saw an ad for this deal and can’t take my eyes off it-is it better than your 300$ deal and if not, why not? (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=5722406&sku=S445-10058)