Hey guys! This is my first thread =D, I bought a nice dell a WHILE ago (5-6 years ago), Pentium 4 3.0 ghz HT. Upgraded around 3-4 years ago, Ram - 3gddr2(max'd) / vid card - radeon X1600 512 / sound card - soundblaster xtreme. I'm an avid gamer, MW2, WoW, SC2, and tbh am extremely tired of playing with all settings turned all the way down just to hope for decent fps. I think I've held out long enough and with your help hopefully i can put together a really nice semi-future proof gaming rig. I've never built a system before and would like to get the best bang for my buck at around $900-$1000 and hopefully max out game settings =D.
Side notes - Can I fit a MB with LGA 1366 capability into my budget? Also should i run SLI or go with something like a HD 5830 1g ddr5? I have 5.1 speakers and really like HQ music and movies.
Thank you for the help in advance guys, this seems like an awesome forum! I'll be checking in 247
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP =D
BUDGET RANGE: $900-$1000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - HD movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (HP 25" 1080p), Mouse (deathadder), keyboard (Cyborg), DVD Drive (re-using), Hard drive - 750g 7200rpm. (taking it out of my old system, only about a year old)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg? Open to suggestions
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 or i7?
OVERCLOCKING: Probably not, but possible
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like the ability to add a card later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p 25"
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a case with nice, big, and quiet cooling fans