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June 20th, 2006, 08:35 AM
Hi. Im pretty much a novice when it comes to computer hardware. My little brother wants me to help him do up the computer so we can run the latest games. He also wants to play games online. We dont want it too shmick so itd cost us a fortune but we want the computer to run reasonably smooth. We are currently using the game Elder scrolls 4 oblivion as the benchmark. bellow are the requirements I found on the internet for the game.

Minimum System Requirements
System: 2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
RAM: 512 MB
Video Memory: 128 MB
Hard Drive Space: 4600 MB
Other: Keyboard, Mouse
Recommended System Requirements
System: 3.0 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
RAM: 1024 MB
Other: ATI X800 series, Nvidia GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card

He is also looking to be able to play worlds of warcraft online.

now the info on the front of my computer are as follows

Intel Pentium 4 processor 515
2.93GHz 1MB l2 cache
533 MHz FSB 90nm

512 mb
400 mhz ddr SDram memory

7200 RPM Serial ATA hard drive

Integrated Intel GMA 900 Graphis
128 dynamic video memory

Double layer (8.5GB) 8x dvd rw/r drive

my friend tells me I should get the following

ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB, 256-bit DDR3, AGP 8X 1Yr

INTEL Pentium 4 CPU 3.2Ghz 3.2 512k/800 Northwood 478

are these gonna be enough, is there anything else I need?
and what should I be looking for if I were to buy broadband. the primary reason is to play games so I just need to know what I should be looking for deal wise. ANY HELP WOULD BE MOST APRECIATED, THANKS!!!