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putting together a PC

Iori Yagami

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I'm hoping to put together a PC once I save enough money.


I'm just wondering how much it'll cost me and what I'll need to buy.


What I'll need it for


1) emulation - I don't play many PC games. all of my gaming done on my PC is is emulation. What will I need to have a good emu machine?


on a side note, have PS2, XBox, and Gamecube emulators been made? how powerful of a computer would I need to use them (I know it's got freakishly strong)


2) multiple OSes - I would like to have windows XP, 98SE, and a some Linux distro.


I'll have XP as my standard OS, 98SE to play any older PC games, and Linux because I need to take Unix/Linux to game my CS degree, and I would like to make Linux versions of the games/apps I make.


what will I need for this?


3) media - I'd like a DVD drive, and a DVD burner that's compatible with all the DVD formats (DVD-RAM, DVD+R, etc), CD formats, and that's reasonably fast.


I'd like to my one of those Scanner/Copier/Printer combos.


I'm like to watch TV on my comp, play my gaming consoles on them, and be able to get all sort of video input and audio input. I will also need to capture the video and audio input. how much will a good TV card set me back?


4) networking - I am learning how to make games, and am limited by the fact that I have only one computer when I try to make Multiplayer online games.


I would like to set up a small LAN (about 5 computers), So I can properly test the games (and other networking applications) I make.


what will I need for this?


and just for the sake of asking, how much would a good digital video camera cost?


So yeah that's the laundry list of stuff I'd like.


assuming I have nothing (no monitor, or anything), what should I put on my to buy list and how much should I save up?

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First off, you need to tell us how much are you willing to spend.


And most of us will take it from there telling from your buget.

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