winXPpro/home needs a few system requirements to run right.http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/eva...on/sysreqs.mspx
Like the posts above indicate, more is better in all "items" listed at Microsoft.
Learn to understand what those each mean, if you want to pay less for more.
Buy used. [one way to play ... talk the seller down in price]
Depending on what games and what else you do with your PC, you can do 'em fine with
1,000 mhz to 1.5 ghz cpu speed, 256 - 512 RAM ...
with discipline and a DVD-RW ... the hard drive need not be big.
If the used PC you find for cheap has a smallish HD, np.
It's easy to replace with bigger.
Garage Sales ... Estate Sales ... Thrift Stores ... Church Bazaars or Rummage Sales ... all can turn up PC stuff.
Little Nickel Want Ads ... the Local Paper Classified Ads ...online sources for Classified Ads ... eBay ... Liquidation Warehouses ... all list a price they'll often back down on.
thinking about it ... nobody takes trade-ins at the retail level.
the small businesses in your community replace them by now & then,
Check with some, doesn't hurt to ask. "Do you have any computers or peripherals you don't need?"
Politely accept anything. If it won't work, recycle it. Now, thats another source.
Larger businesses, schools, colleges, fire departments, police stations, city & county government offices, state departments
must dispose of surplus. Most accept bids from contractors to satisfy the organizations laws.
This company buys from those kinda places and has a warehouse (with a plastic banner seen from the freeway that says "Computer Parts $1.00 and up"). http://www.pcsalvagellc.com/store/
(Just in the last week they've changed the website, but the point is to find places in your area.)
I walked in to find literally tons of PC stuff for cheap.
Try this also: Google Craigslist
and find the closest urban area to you.
will search your region for businesses.