Hi everyone. My name is Jon, and I have been browsing this forum and came to the conclusion that there is some good advice to be had. I am currently in the market for a new PC. I know that building your own saves some coin in the long run, and while I don't know how to put them together, I have a buddy who builds them professionally and would walk me through the steps with this one.
My current machine is very old; in fact, it's around 5 years. It has a an NVIDIA GT6600 as its vid card, and the processor is an Athlon.
I am a gamer at heart, but would like to have something that I can use for professional means as well. I am a teacher, and I use quite a bit of multimedia applications. My budget is anywhere from $1000-$2000; obviously the cheaper the better, but I want the best system possible. Additionally, I will need everything aside from a mouse and keyboard. This includes a monitor, OS, etc. All for the aforementioned price range.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sooner rather than later; hopefully within the week
BUDGET RANGE: US $1000-2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the net, movies, music storage
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard and mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processors and Intel compliant parts, please
OVERCLOCKING: maybe; don't know how
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe
MONITOR RESOLUTION: preferrably 1900 x 1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want to make sure it keeps cool; needs to be upgrade ready as time passes; want it to be able to perform very well
I think if I wanna go with one vid card, I'd like to have at least 1 GB. I was looking at the Radeon 4890 1 GB. The buddy that is helping me build the PC said it's one of the best cards out there if you're not going to utilize dual.