Hey guys, I've finally gathered some money to upgrade my computer I normally upgrade my computer a lot but I decided to save a little and go all out this time.
My current system is:
Pentium 4 3.8 GHZ
4gb DDR2 1066MHZ OCZ Reaper
Asus Maximus Formula
256Mb BFG 8600gts
Yeah you may laugh but I play crysis on high , and no lagg.
But my budget is around £750 I may increase a little if neccesary but i'll see for now. I will mainly ues it for games but I do do alot of graphics work in photoshop and 3Dsmax but like I said mainly games.
The graphics work suggests you'd benefit from a quad-core CPU. The charts I've seen show Intel booming AMD pretty handily on those kinds of things, whereas the GPU matters more for games. If you can fit it, I also think you'd like an i7 build, but if not, you could re-use your DDR2-1066 with an AMD PII X4 940 for a lot less money.
People do laugh at the 8600GTS these days, but if you've been happy with it, there's no need to spend a lot of money for top-of-the-line. Read the Best Graphics Cards for the Money article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-gtx,.... Pay attention to the chart on the last page. You may find that a 4670, though the "bottom" of today's heap, may still be a substantial jump up from what you have now, since it's five tiers higher. Furthermore, a GPU is usually pretty easy to upgrade.