We're running a little late on this one, but need some help/suggestions/advice.
The 14 year old son has an old computer in his room. He doesn't get much use from it, it won't play many of the new games. He is getting to the pint that word processing is useful but that is about all so far he has a 'need' for. Mostly he likes games. And he isn't allowed to get online with it yet, if he wants to do that he uses the computer in the family room. (so we can keep an eye on him and what he surfs).
So the dilemma is this; What cheap computer or components would perform well with most of the games out now? Flight sims, and shooter games are some he likes. Building one from components is not a problem, but what components do I buy?
Lets see, AMD or Intel? CPU speed? Graphics card/chip?
I'm thinking that just about any new parts out there are a big step up, and would work fine for what we want. Are there any to stay away from? Upgrade to VIsta, or stay with XP?
I'm taking suggestions folks. Just a basic system, decent graphics, decent sound. Oh, and can we keep it under $200?