If your like me and dont want to pay $1000 for a decent gaming computer, you should build your own. Here are all the things you need
CPU: Amd or Intel are your only choices here.
I suggest getting at least and Amd athalon 2400+/p-4 1.6 ghz. If you want a gaming computer go with AMD.
Ram: Many choices here
I say about 512mb is good. 256 will run most games, but you will want more.
1024 is the most you will need. Crucial is one of the best rams.
Video Card: Only two REAL choices here, ATI or Nvidia, make sure to get the real deal.
For Ati get at least the Radeon 9600, this is the least youll need to run games good.
For Nvidia get at least the FX-5400. Both of these cards are the least you can get away with. Make sure your CPU is fast enough to make your video card useful.
Hard-Drive: There are many choices here.
You best bet would be to get a sony, they are one of the best. you will want at least 80gigabytes, you can get by with this but may want more if you like to install lots of games. About 120 would be fine. If you want more than 150 you should go with a raid setup with two 80gig harddrives.
CD Drive:Many Options
There is lots of stuff here. You can get cd writers(CD-RW), dvd drives, dvd burners. Lost of stuff. I personally would get a CD-RW.
Mother Board: Many choices here
Asus is arguably the best when it comes to motherboards. There are plenty of models to choose from. Intel makes some good ones too. Just make sure you get the right socket type as your processor.
Case:TONS of choices.
You can get cases with lights, windows, lcd screens, everything you could imagine. Get one that you like, doesnt really matter which. Most cases come with power sources and fans, but if they dont have them, make sure to get them, you NEED them.
Here is a descent Computer for under 500 Dollars:
Amd Athalon 2200+
Asus a7v8x-x motherboard.
512 megs of ram
Sony 80 gig hard drive
ATI Radeon 9600
Those are all the parts you need to make a computer. Just make sure that all of your parts will work with eachother, you cant put an Amd processor in an intel socket motherboard. Make sure your motherboard and all othe rparts use the same interface, that way they will work, if not, you just wasted tons of cash. I have found that www.newegg.com
is a wonderful sight to buy from.