I am new to this community and am putting together a gaming build, and need a little bit of help.
My utmost concern is having a modular system with room to upgrade over the next year to year and a half. I'm trying to keep my budget between 600 - 700$
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month
BUDGET RANGE: 600 - 700 Before or After, doesn't matter
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MODULAR easy upgrades!, Gaming, Inet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, speakers, monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, etc
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa
PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD, Budget
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Xfire probably? Unsure
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Doesn't matter
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: MOBO is the real key here I think, IDK. As I stated, having a modular system is of the utmost importance.
GPU: Radeon 4350 1gb PCIE. Will defiinitely upgrade ASAP. Can I save some $ here given that I will upgrade anyway. Currently I only play Day of Defeat Source (Competitively), but the game is about to die. I am only getting 20 or so FPS on texture maps, and I really need more (I'm on an OLD Pent IV with an OLD video card)
Hardrive: I just need something cheap for the time being to support my DODs, I will upgrade later. What is my cheapest route?
Optical drive: Cheapest I can find, will upgrade later. Suggestions?
Cases: Cooler Master Elite 310, black. Would prefer a cube case though. I don't mind spending $$ on an easily accessible case, etc since upgrades are a main concern.
Fan: Dual case fans 15 dollar range.
Power Supply: Given that I am going to upgrade, what should I go with here?
Thanks once again! In the interest of having a modular system, it appears that maybe it would be better to stay away from the cube and follow the build that you suggested. Knowing that a modular system is my 1st priority, is what you suggested the way to go?