Okay folks. You are hopefully pretty techie and it is time to upgrade my computer...but unfortunately I'm rather retarded in this area and I need some sound advice! :)
Here's some specs on my computer:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-detailsInactive.asp?Sku=C67-1348
But to go into more detail than what's there: There's about 2 extra slots where I could stick extra hard drives/CD-ROMs, my video card is AGP and comparible to an Radieon 9600 (2004 edition), and my power supply SUCKS. It's only 350 watts.
So here's the deal: this week my OS utterly borked on me and my vgaoem.fon file got corrupted. Since I have the OEM version of Windows Media center and gateway restricts the hell out of EVERYTHING regarding repair, it's currently in a shop getting data saved/OS reinstalled. THe tech guy told me though that my power supply sucks for what I have, and I should look into possibly getting a back up hard drive (which I've been considering for a while anyway).
So here's what I'm looking for. I've trolled Tigerdirect and Newegg but a lot of this gabblygook. I'd rather not spend more than 250-300$ for this stuff (otherwise I might as well just buy a new computer). My knowledge of installing stuff is pretty nil too, so I'll probably have to pay a guy to install all this crap.
*A new power supply. I'd like 550watts/volts/whatever but I can live with 500.
*A hard drive. I'm looking at a WD 320 gig cavier Hard drive that seems fairly cheap and nice for what it is (Plus I have the same kind of hard drive as my external USB drive), unless there's a better drive out there, or a better price.
*Ram! I'm looking to upgrade my ram to a gig or so. I've heard Corsair is good, but IS IT? :O
*This is more optional, but video cards baffle me. I'm not looking for a HUGE improvement but what's a good card (that also has a TV tuner?)
Thanks, 'Fan people you! I'd appreciate the help. :)