This summer I will be getting €350. So I'm going to spend it on starting to build my own computer.
Up until this point, my hardware experience has been swapping in and out graphics cards/HDDs/RAM/Network Cards etc. Things I don't know that much about include PSUs/mobos.
The €350 is only to get started as I plan to add more to it as and when I get more cash. However, after the €350, it has to be usable. It doesn't have to play Crysis on Very High or anything, but for web browsing and older games, it should run fine.
Things I don't need to buy
- OS. I'll be dual booting Kubuntu and XP (XP initially at least as my only Vista discs are Dell OEMs)
- Monitor. My 19" HD Ready TV (1440 x 900) can double as the monitor. I already use it as a second screen for my laptop when I'm home.
Extensibility is more important than the highest specs. I don't want to have to replace the PSU if I buy a ATI Radeon 4870 (or whatever the current highest model is) 6 months down the line unless totally neccesary.
So basicallly what I'm asking for is advice on components, especially mobos/PSUs/CPUs.