Building your first computer seems like a very daunting task at first, however, I do recommend that this be your starting point. Don't make the mistake of buying a desktop from HP or Dell. For $650, you're going to get a big pile of sub-par parts, crammed into a terribly designed case with horrible cooling, and in a year or two you will be very pissed that you wasted your money. There are some good guides on the net for building your computer which were a great help to me when I built my first rig.http://www.techpower...icles/other/144
That is a very good guide and is very basic. Honestly, once you're putting everything together (and maybe taking parts from your old computer), you will quickly discover that computers are a lot easier to put together than it looks. There are maybe only 10-15 important steps.
Here are some suggestions to get you started.
PSU: Silverstone 500W - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817256037
CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6750 - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115029
Mobo: Abit iP35 Pro - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813127030
GPU: eVGA 8600GT - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130085
RAM: Corsair 2GB DDR2-800 - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145034
HDD Western Digital 250GB 7200RPM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136055
Edited by gambLe1109, 22 December 2007 - 01:56 PM.