, it is not even close to being stupid, even without any classes.
Read the posts in this forum from the start to now.
It'll take a few hours, maybe.
and those forums linked to above, tg1911 is right, read up.
build a budget.
price compare. here is the candy store:http://www2.newegg.com/index.asp
on the left click categories, and you are shopping for the stuff below:motherboard
/heatsink/fan is the foundation
They'll come separate or as a package deal ... read carefully.
RAM (memory cards
) next biggie.
think lifetime warranty, and 512MB or a pair of 'em if the motherboard will take 'em.
a hard drive
... figure a ATA/133 40GB, 80GB, or 120GB depends on what you want. You'll find two is better than one ...
and they are often on sale or rebates available.
to put it in, and the case will need a PSU
(power Supply Unit) & a couple more fans. all of that can be found for 30.00- 40.00
, figure it will do everything a CD-Rom does, so skip the lesser things, and go straight fo the one that does it all
. figure under 100.00
put a 10.00 floppy disk drive in to fill that hole up front (and it can a good backup at times)
the mainboard if it was made anytime after 2002 (or even earlier) will have nVidia or VIA or ATI onboard, (built-in) for display, and some basic sound, making those add-on cards optional (but nice to have).
so extra for :video card
(don't even bother with less than 64MB, 128MB makes more sense, or more depending on what you do, and/or want to spend)sound card
(creative soundBlaster of some modest kind helps)
can be anywhere from 80.00 (17" CRT) up to a bunch (big flat panels)
the multi-peripheral printer/scanner/fax/copier shouldn't run more than about 100.00
for basically good to use. buy used if you can. keyboards
are cheap ...
You need a OS CD
, budget for it ...what more can ask for ... you build it, you know it.
fixing it is easy, especially if you stay away from the cutting edge new stuff.
start out middle of the road. you'll spend 400.00 - 500.00 if you're smart,
buy some of it used ...
Sales at the big box places might offer systems for a bit more than that in price, but
probably not really the performance. read the fine print.
Most of the bundled software is available as online freeware, if not all of it.
Maybe not the name brand stuff, maybe better than that stuff...
Don't ignore the specifications on the new sale-close-outs and rebated ones, though.
Use 'em to compare.
I guess you hear where I'm coming from.
Read those back pages of this forum, though.
and the others.
post more questions as you narrow things down to what you want/need/ can afford.
It'll be fun.