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I've been thinking a lot lately about trying to get a desktop pc back up and running for our house. My wife has a good laptop, but I'm using a Netbook and my son is using the Google Chrome beta machine so we really can't do any pc gaming. We have an old Althon 1.8, 512gb ram desktop in the gameroom I occasionally use for retro gaming, but it can't do anything current (and it has no monitor, I use my LCD TV.
I'd really like to be able to give WoW another try, maybe try a few of the free to play online games, play Magic Online (my Netbook resolution gets in the way of that), let my kid try Minecraft, and maybe play the last few Civ/Sims/Simcity games on it. I'm thinking at this point I could probably take people's leftover crap on Ebay/Craigslist/yard sales and still end up significantly updated. Hell, I'm willing to bet there are computers left on the curb more capable than mine.
Is there a cheaper way to do this than I'm thinking - like a barebones pc kit somewhere? If not, is there a guide somewhere of the past few years of cpu or video card generations so I know what to look for? I've built my own pc's in the past, but I've been out of the loop as primarily a console gamer for the past few years so I'm not familiar with what the current standards are for video cards, ram, harddrive interfaces, etc.