I am building my first new machine in 6 years, sadly the P4 isn't keeping up I use my system for mostly WoW, minor video editing and internet searching. I am looking to play FPS games like Crysis/L4D2 so I am looking for a card that will get me atleast decent performance for a couple years. This is my first post here so I apologize if I miss something or do something incorrectly.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: First Week of July To Cash In On Canada Day/Independance Day Sales
BUDGET RANGE: ~$700 since this will all be on credit
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the net
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: CPU, Motherboard, HDD, Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (windows 7 pro)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.com but willing to order from NewEgg (I live a block away from ncix)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I live in Canada(BC) but also have an American address in WA so whatever will get me a better deal.
PARTS PREFERENCES: Listed below
OVERCLOCKING: Yes. I am interested in my i7 940 to be running at 3.6GHz(before TB) with TurboBoost/HT Enabled
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely but I do have a board that supports SLI&Crossfire
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024. 19" Viewsonic and 17" Viewsonic CRT on extended desktop
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will list the parts I already have below the parts that I need. In the future(closer to Xmas), I will be moving to a 24" with 1920x1200 resolution. I won't be purchasing this until the above date so maybe I should wait until then. If you have any suggestions on parts, I would love them!
The reason I picked up the 940 is because it was the processor Intel was offering for their employee purchase plan. I'll definately look into some better ram then. Should I be looking at Corsairs? They seem to be at the $200 range with good timing.