Posted 24 August 2007 - 03:29 PM
Building a computer is actually pretty easy, but can be overwhelming to a novice. One that is able to handle both gaming and office work would be a mid-range system. Here are a few points to consider....
I suggest you get at least a dual-core processor. If you're willing to sacrifice having something that's cutting edge, I suggest getting an AMD processor. They're a little less advanced, but are an excellent value.
Plenty of RAM will greatly help. I suggest at least 2GB but get a computer that can handle more.
A good video card can make or break your gaming experience. Almost any of the GeForce 8 series of cards will work nicely. Keep in mind that anything lower than the GeForce 8800GTS 640MB won't be able to handle DirectX 10 that well. However, they will handle DX9 better than most other cards.
Plenty of hard disk space, at least 300-500GB. There never seems to be enough....
Finally, this may be a matter of personal taste, I suggest getting a computer from a manufacturer that uses standard off-the-shelf parts. This will make repairing and upgrading the computer an easier experience.