So I'm heading off to college this fall! I used to keep up with hardware and frequent PCPer, but haven't really done so for the last 2 years. I remember some names - P35 chipsets, Intel Core 2 Duos, AMD HD 4xxx series, Nvidia GTX275...yeah you get the idea; it's been a while.
Back on topic; I want to build a mATX system (ATX might be a bit too large for college dorms...if you guys have any experiences with ATX vs mATX in college, let me know. I'm really in the dark here.) I'm not looking for an extreme gaming computer, though I think it's fair to ask that it can run most modern games decently (30-40fps) at full resolution on a 19" monitor, with moderate AA and AF. Maybe I'm asking for too much for a mATX system. Let me know.
I have a Seagate 1GB hard drive in my current desktop that I can use for my new system. I'm looking to spend about US$650 on the whole package, which includes the CPU, GPU, motherboard, RAM, enclosure, cooling fans/other necessary accessories and a monitor (19"+ is a plus, but keep in mind this is for college).
I'm aware that I'm asking for a lot here so any general pointers on where to look for individual components of hardware are appreciated. I'm really behind the curve here.
Thanks a lot guys.