I'm looking to buy a new desktop pc within a month or so. The pc is mostly going to be used to play mmorpgs like Aion, Rose Online, Ragnarok, WoW, and some other related games, as well as some photo/video editing, and video conversion, listening to music and playing movies (dvds and blares doing college work, and Internet usage. The pc is going to be hooked up to a 42" LCD tv (to watch the movies and play games). I want the pc to be usable/futureproof at least for more than 2 or more years. Also, I would like some good cooling in the desktop (maybe water cooling and/or more fans and a good case that has good airflow, and maybe some cooling for the graphic card(s) ) as I will be leaving the computer on most of the days/nights. I don't mind where the pc could be customized from (ibuypower, cyberpowerpc, etc...) as long as the casing looks ok. I was thinking of at least these specs for it:
6gb ram (don't know if ddr2 or ddr3 as long as it does the work and a little affordable)
300gb 10k rpm hard drive (no ssds to keep low cost)
nvidia geforce 285 gtx 1gb (could be higher and sli, would like some advice if I should get water cooling on it/them).
Q9650 @3GHz processor (could be i7, but I would like to know if the i7 has more benefit over the quad-core, as well as it will benefit more from ddr2 or ddr3).
Budget is around $3.4k, but less is even more welcomed . Thanks for the help ahead of time.
Intel® - ATX Desktop Motherboard 6.4GT/S QPI (Socket LGA 1366)
Intel® - Core™ i7 920 Processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 OC 1GB GDDR3
(question in here : if i go with this one..which graph.card should be my second on the board? or will i even need to dual-grap. card on this?)
These 2 configurations..i m stuck and cant really decide...
On a side note,I am gamer and i am a totally vmware-workstation freak(networking and security applications).Rather than that i just want smth very very smooth.
I dont like to play with parts, like trying to overcloak or anything like it.I d like to pick the one which will be more usefull,stable and more upgradeable in the future.
If you guys can guide me through this , i d be greatly appreciate...
build: Well, I actually need all of the parts, it's going to be a brand new pc since I don't have one. And yes it is in American dollar.
Leo2kp: So you would recommend me to build my own pc? I guess I could give it a try, but on that part I really don't know what parts would be compatible. I mean, I've tried going to newegg and just grabbed parts (didn't buy) to see how much I would spend, and it was around $2k. The only thing was that I wasn't sure if all of the components were compatible/worth it/usable, also I wouldn't like to bottleneck the pc. What components would you recommend me?