Question I want to build a PC from 2008

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Hello, Recently on my YouTube homepage, I came across a video about Vista. When I watched the video, the iconic visuals of Vista took me back to when I was 10 years old. During those times, I had installed Vista on my computer, but it crashed after a few days. Now, I want to set up a computer with Vista in a nostalgic corner of my home. I want the computer's hardware to consist of the best or close to the best components available in 2008. Additionally, I used to envy people who had a TV card in their computers and used Windows Media Center. I'm sorry for making my question so long. I've asked this question to an AI multiple times, and each time I received different answers. I don't know much about building computers. I would be grateful if you could guide me.
 
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You could probably go on your local version of craigslist, and find a box for this under $100.

I just looked, and found a Gateway PC, incl Vista installed, for $50.
Thank you for your response. I am currently browsing through second-hand websites to examine computers, but I don't know how good their hardware is or what the standards were in 2008, so I plan to buy computer components separately and assemble them myself. However, I don't know which hardware components to purchase.
 

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Thank you for your response. I am currently browsing through second-hand websites to examine computers, but I don't know how good their hardware is or what the standards were in 2008, so I plan to buy computer components separately and assemble them myself. However, I don't know which hardware components to purchase.
Any hardware you see today will be used.

Here is a 2008 Alienware, that sold for $6500.
 
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Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 is a likely candidate for that era.
Yes, I think so. When I repeatedly ask the artificial intelligence, it suggests Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Q9650, Q6600, Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, and a few other processors, but I don't know which one would be more suitable for me.
 
Yes, I think so. When I repeatedly ask the artificial intelligence, it suggests Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550, Q9650, Q6600, Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, and a few other processors, but I don't know which one would be more suitable for me.

The Q9650 was introduced in 3rd quarter of 2008.

Depends on where you want to draw the line on dates.

It's also socket 775, but I'm not sure if it is compatible with the same board as a Q6600.

You'd have to dig further into the specs.
 
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The real question is...what are you actually going to do with it?
I have a corner in my house where I keep nostalgic technological items. It includes old VCD players, an old television, an old game console, books, magazines, and so on. My goal is to assemble this computer, install Vista, and enjoy the nostalgic experience. Additionally, I want to play games from that era which I couldn't play as a child because I couldn't operate my own computer back then. I also plan to install a TV tuner card to watch television. Yes, I could potentially do all of these things on my current up-to-date computer, but I have a passion for nostalgia.
 
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The Q9650 was introduced in 3rd quarter of 2008.

Depends on where you want to draw the line on dates.

It's also socket 775, but I'm not sure if it is compatible with the same board as a Q6600.

You'd have to dig further into the specs.
All of 2008 is my acceptance. December 31, 2008 last :)
 

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Oh, I haven't thought about that. If I'm capable and don't go crazy, I'll try to install the latest drivers released in 2008. However, if it becomes too difficult for me, I'll entrust myself to a program that automatically installs drivers :(
Not drivers, but hard drives.

Like...250-320GB or so.

As for 'drivers', do NOT use the braindead applications that purport to install everything for you.
 
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Not drivers, but hard drives.

Like...320GB or so.

As for 'drivers', do NOT use the braindead applications that purport to install everything for you.
You are absolutely right with your warning. If I can find a reliable SSD from 2008, I will purchase it. Additionally, I will get a SATA HDD from the same year. However, if I cannot find an SSD, I will solely use the HDD.