Getting the most bang for the buck
I'm trying to build a new(er) system with a budget around $500. I have spent a great deal of time building systems from the ground up, but these have been "recycled" computers I build for a non-profit organization. I know how to build them, but the technology out today leaves a lot more confusing options when compared to those offered by a PII.
I need the following : CPU / Mobo / Ram / Video Card
All the other bases are covered, me thinks. Have a nice 19 inch monitor, good speaker system, 120g and 80g hard drives (IDE).
The system will primarily be used for graphic design and programming. Some gaming will occur (My wife wants the Sims2 bad), but would like to leave it sort of open to more in the future.
This system will sort of be a "life boat", if you will, until I get out of school. I plan on doing a major upgrade as a graduation present for myself, but that's about a year and a half away.
I guess I'm confused on a sliding scale. I could skimp out on one, leaving more money for another. But I (think) I realize that a $400 CPU would be kind of useless with only $100 to put into RAM/MOBO/Video.
I would appreciate any help on getting these sliders set at their optomized levels.
Thanks in advance