In my experience it doesn't make sense to buy something now hopefully for something else to be available later. Too often it doesn't work that way in the pc world, at least in a dependable way. Get what's available and build a decent system that works for the tasks desired. The real plus, IMHO its more upgrade friendly and thus lasts longer in the end user hands before moving on. Please consider a stable hi-wattage power supply in the 400W+ range or better.
You want to save money, well you're not going to in a big way other than the builders cost. The componets/devices on a 1-to-1 basis cost more even if shopping around, you do the best you can. On the other hand a pre-build system from eMachine, Dell, HP, etc.. for under $500 or so, offers some s/w package, the OS, maybe monitor and its ready for just about any task(s) desired of it. Maybe some more ram added for alittle more cost and usually its ready to go. Excluding any weird problems, that's it.
good luck -----Willy
I recently decided to fulfill my 32 year old sister's X-mass dream by building her a home computer. She claims that she will only need it for the microsoft office programs for her work, but I'm willing to bet she will use it for more than that (music downloads and websurfing). This tempts me to get her a more advanced computer, but the problem is I'm on a budget. Since she doesn't play games, would it be better to get her an Intel as opposed to an AMD?
At the moment I plan to get her the AMD Athlon 3200+ so she can buy Windows 64 in a few months. Is this a good move?
Lastly, does anyone have system recommendations I might not have mentioned. Keep in mind I am building it myself to avoid the fees of custom builders, so dell is out of the question.