Hi everyone, after first looking for a laptop I decided to go with a desktop mostly because of price. After what might have been months of research and even longer to save the dough I came to a decision and bought a gateway from bestbuy model# GT5032. My entire goal was to get the lowest priced desktop that I could one day turn into a really good gamming machine. After buying it there has been a couple of things that I've learned that are starting to make me worry that I will never be able to do what I would like to do.
Let me give you guys my specs, and then I will tell you what I would like to do and learn how to do it right, and what can be done and what can't be done with my computer.
:Amd athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.2ghz, 2 x 512kb cache, 1000mh fsb
:os- media center edition Windows XP
:Motherboard- Nvidia nforce 410 MCP chipset
:Memory- 1gb 400mhz dual channel PC3200 ddr sdram
:Gpu- Nvidia geforce 6100 128mb shared
:Two optical drives one dvd-+rw and one dvd-rom
:Slots- 1 pci-e x16, 1 pci-e x1, and 2 pci
:Interfaces- 7 usb, 3 firewire, 1 vga, 1 parrallel, 2 ps/2, 5 audio ports
:Psu- 305w 9Amp-12V
Now, I did a very dumb thing and did not do a lot of research on motherboards or memory I geuss because everyone puts so much hype on processors. Take a look at my specs for a perfect example, great processor but every other componant is under a hundred bucks and the bottom of the barrel (just enough to run the good processor. Now I'm not complaining, since most things can be upgraded, after all thats what I was looking for but since I did'nt do good research on the mobo and memory I might not be able to do what I want.
Here is what I would like to do: I want to put the 7800gtx gpu in, which means I have to get a 450w or 500w psu and I don't know if this mobo can support both upgrades or not. Second I though that any mobo could use any kind of memory "I know better now" but I still don't know if ddr pc3200 is the only kind it can use and what the fastest memory it could use.
Second is the ethernet, I have 10/100 I have no idea what this means still! I've seen 10/100/1000 ethernet also but what I would like to know about that is if I were to get a dsl connection that streams at 1.5mb can I get that speed with the 10/100 ethernet I have or would I have to have the 1000 version ethernet to be able to get dsl 1mb or faster.
Sorry for making this so long and if you made it this far you have more patience than I do!!!
Thanks to everyone who replies