I built my last rig around 2002. She's still going strong too. Back when I built this machine (p4 2.5, geforce ti4200, still has a CRT monitor) pci express was just about to release. I really have no clue on power consumption or how to fiddle with memory latency or processor settings now and am looking for some good articles with info. Hell I've been considering buying prebuilt because it's like I went into a coma and woke up in a new futuristic world 5 years later.
I'm mainly interested in something that has enough horsepower to run command and conquer 3 full settings as it looks like generals on the 02 machine(Runs smooth as silk though). I also play ram intensive mmos from time to time. Then I also need something for work since I process videos of animal behaviors all day for a museum between formats and it takes me all night.
I've got $1500 in saved so far. However the article on the main page made me think on if I should hold that cash until it grows for next years new stuff. I'd probably have $2000 to spend a new monitor and comp. Or would I be better off just spending $600 on a meh PC and then dropping the other 1400 on a new one next year? Also what's the deal with vista so far? Worth using for now?