I am a newbie in building computers. I want to build a computer totally to gain some experience. I am on a tight budget, looking at preferably something less than $500/-.
I will be using it as a web server and mostly for checking e-mails and all the regular applications. I do play games a little but nothing very seriously.
I seached around a while in tigerdirect.com build could not really make up my mind. Any tips or ideas on what is the best way to start ?. Any first hand experience is greatly appreciated.
I just want the computer, no monitor , keyboard or mouse. I would like to have the Windows XP Professional software for the machine. Some of the specs I have kind of narrowed down are as follows :-
120 GB or higher
16x DVD+- RW drive --- What is the difference between this and the optical drive ?.
512 MB RAM or higher
10/100 Ethernet NIC card
CPU --- I don;t really care if it is INTEL or AMD unless somebody can tell me what is the best I can get for the price range I am looking at.
Thanks for all your help in advance.