My old computer has an AMD processor rated at 2.2gHz but it is so old the motherboard required an AGP video card. It's a five year old system.
The individual who is going to build the PC in Mexico asked me to get the following parts in the USA, (1) The motherboard (2) CPU (3) Video card (4) Power supply (5) RAM (6) Hard drive.
Eduardo informed me that a dual-core AMD CPU would be "plenty" for the type of service I would ask of the computer. I ended up getting an AMD Athlon II 250 CPU that says it has 3.0 gHz speed with 2.0 MB total cash. This is the one and only part that I have purchased.
He advised me to stick with two brands of Motherboard, ASUS, or Gigabyte. Eduardo said that DDR2 RAM "would be plenty past enough".
So now I am looking for a basic motherboard that costs fifty dollars? Something with onboard video? Something that an add-on video card would compliment and not replace? Both the motherboard and add on video card complimenting one another? Do I really need more than 512 MB total video for non video intensive graphics. My older 5 year old computer's graphics were really perked up with a 256 MB video card but it has to be really inferior to a new system right? I have no sense of perspective here. How much "better" are the graphics in a new motherboard?
The old computer had 1 GB of RAM and I seemed to not need more. I figure 2 GB of DDR2 RAM should be plenty, right?
Around 400 watts of power supply should be enough?
I see Seagate 1TB hard drives on sale for around fifty dollars. Many times larger than my current drive.
I need to pinch pennies, and I am factoring in shipping costs.
Thanks for your help