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Iori Yagami

putting together a PC

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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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With that you can pretty much get a top of the line PC or close to it.

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