In fall of 2008 I purchased/Built my last computer; but, due to a robbery at my home, it has been stolen. I am looking to replace this system and could use some recommendations on part selection. I've been out of the game for a while, and have only kept up loosely on the best bang for the buck processor / mobo combos.
I am starting from scratch since the burglars stole everything, and am just looking for advice on the tower. I can take care of the peripherals / OS my self.
I've provided details on my old system below, and am looking to replace with an equivalent or something slightly better.
Processor Intel C2Q Q6600 2.4G 775 65N $185
Motherboard Gigibyte GA-EP45-DS3L 775 P45 RT $108
RAM (4GB) OCZ DII800 OCZ2RPR800C44GK $100
Harddrive Western Digital WD 7K 16M WD6400AAKS $85
Case Coolmaster 600 RC $70
Power Supply Corsair 550W $70
Video Card Visiontek HD4870 512M RT $273
Optical Drive Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBN LS $29
CPU Cooler Xigmatek HDT-S1283 / ACK-17751R $44
Primary Use: Gamming
Budget: $1000 MAX (This is set in stone)
I'd prefer a single card configuration, unless a better value with equivalent or better performance can be found. I'd appreciate any advice / insights you can provide. In addition, always been an AMD fan myself, but am willing to compromise if a better value is found.
PS: What’s your opinion on the current price outlook for graphics cards. Do you think they will come down much over the rest of the month.