I am travelling to USA in two weeks and would like to buy parts to build a computer at home. Due to air travel space and weight limitations, I will only buy the "core" there:
motherboard, processor, RAM, video card and hard disk. The other parts will be purchased here.
There has been a long time when I bought my current home computer, so I would like to have your help to choose the components. The restrictions are:
I am not a gamer but I would like it to be able to run "heavy" games, like "Half life 2" and "Counter strike".
Hard disk: I think 300GB are enough for now. I can add more later.
The cost of these parts should be around US$ 700, due to Brazilian customs limits. So, I would like to have the best system that can be bought with US$ 700.
I am considering this system, as a starting point:
motherboard: Nforce 570 Atx Socket Amd AM2 1 Pci-e X16 X1 2 Gb Lan Ieee 4DDR2 Price: 150.81 at Amazon.com
processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+ 2.2 GHz Price: 99.99 at Amazon
RAM: US Modular Dual Channel 2048MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz Memory (2 x 1024MB) Price: 139.99 at Amazon
video card: onboard
hard disk: 320GB 7200RPM 16MB Buffer Serial Ata II/300, 3.5INCH, 8.9MS Seek, Caviar Series Price: 124.99 at Amazon
Price Total: US$ 515.78
Is that motherboard a good one?
Is the onboard Nforce 570 fast enough for games or should I buy a separate video card?
The price is almost $200 below my limit. How should I spend this money to improve the system?
Any suggestion on where to buy? The restriction is that the place must accept international credit cards.
Thanks in advance for your help!