Hello and thanks in advance for any ideas/suggestions.
My old (60G IDE) hard drive pooped out over the weekend and its time to get a new pc. This computer functioned as the main home pc for e-mails, internet, documents, etc, and I also like to play FPS games like CoD4 and CoD5. I'm not into the really high end graphic games like Far Cry or some others I've heard about. My system was about 7 years old, with one of the first AMD64 3000+ processors, a once upgraded nVidea GeForce 7600 vid card, and about 2G of ram. Not much, but the system suited my needs. My OS was Windows XP Home SP2. So, that's what the new computer will need to be able to accomplish.
I realize that almost all computers available now will far surpass what I had. My wish is to be able to do all my old tasks and games, but also have the ability to upgrade at a later date as games and programs progress and require more memory, speed, etc., while at the same time not breaking the bank. I have a wife and a 16 y/o at home that get most of my budget. The top end of my budget for this PC is about $1000.
I would prefer to stay with XP because that's what I'm comfortable with, but I realize that may not be a realistic option. I've heard some talk but haven't had time to really read about Windows 7, so if anyone has any opinions on it I'd be happy to listen.
So, what I'm looking for is pros/cons of Intel vs AMD, Radeon vs nVidea, how big of a hard drive, power supply options, how much cooling is needed, etc.
Again, thanks in advance for any constructive ideas or suggestions.
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