I'm new here and this is my first post. It's been a while since I've really followed PC technology and the last PC I bought was back in 2004. Many things have changed since then and have become a bit more complex. Since I've not been paying attention I figured it would be best to consult those of you who have stayed "in the loop" who might be able to point me in the right direction.
My Current PC is the Gateway GT5432 - Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6 GHz - 1 GB - 320 GB which I bought refurbished for around $600. Only upgrade I've done to it was upgrade the RAM to 4 Gb.
I'm looking to just replace the tower. I don't need an Operating System, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor, etc...
I believe when I bought my PC the AMD Athalon was the bees knees, now it appears that the i5 and & i7 are atop the charts from what I can tell. I would like to find a refurbished model cuz it'll be cheaper and somehwere around the $400-$500 range. I've also considered a bare bones kit, but I'm not sure I'd be able to put it together correctly or what it might be missing that I would have to order separately to get it up and running. I see that the barebones kits are a bit less than whole dektop pc's, again, I'm not really sure what they're all about.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!