APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tax return is here, saved up some additional cash, ready to go when decision is done.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Depends, I have the current PC I use down below, and I am not sure if I will be using anything from it.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Tigerdirect
PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel for Processor, and I don't want to use cheapo gear.
OVERCLOCKING: SLI if I use the same cards, and the processor can be overclocked if needed.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 unless the monitor is 120HZ
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have the OS (Windows 7) and will keep some items if they are good enough to still utilize.
Here is my current setup, and for the most part, I want to get away from the HTPC deal. (the TV gets screen tearing on most games, and honestly, I would rather go with a smaller monitor for gaming usage).
Basically the plan is, use some of these components (ie. Blu-Ray drive) to make a smaller PC and use on my TV for movies only. If I were to keep the 2 280GTXs for the new PC, I can use a spare 8800GTX (and PSU) to use for the Blu-ray PC. I also have 2 74GB Raptor HDs I can use for the Blu-Ray PC. Hopefully this makes sense, lol. I have been told that my main upgrades would be a SSD and going towards the I7 route. I have a few links down below but I don't know if the upgrade will be worth it. Also I am having trouble finding a good gaming monitor. Thanks for any help!
Sony Bravia 52" HDTV 1080p
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB
2x GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 in SLI
ASUS Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM
ASUS Blu-ray player and CD/DVD burner
OCZ Platinum Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000)
XFX MB-N780-ISH9 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2
Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W
Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Ultimate
Logitech MX518 1800 dpi Gaming-Grade Mouse
Honestly, I think any upgrade you can make right now will be a waste of money. What are you looking to improve? You won't get more than a few more FPS and bragging rights, and just that'll cost upwards of $1500. Maybe you should just focus on getting that HTPC built.