So heres the thing... I'm a Microsoft Administrator and honestly the last thing I want to do when I get home is research the latest hardware so if anyone has some free time to build a box for me I'd appreciate it.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Money in hand & ready to go
BUDGET RANGE: <$900
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (BFBC2, SC2, Fallout 3, HL2), Movies, Browsing
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm sick of using 5.1/7.1 simulated headsets. For this rig I'd like emphasis on the Audio and obtaining TRUE 5.1 surround sound with a headset to support it. I don't use speakers as I live in an apartment.
Here is my current rig if you think any of it's salvageable:
^ But there are newer boards that come with SATA 6GB/s and USB3.0 such as the ASUS P557D PRO-E, but would again cost more...Also am not sure how well it would fare compared to the above board...
And also if you are OK with AMD, then you could get a cheaper builds...
I don't have a bias towards Intel so if you have an AMD build in mind then post it up. As I said before, I'm specifically looking for the best Audio option. I stopped following hardware awhile back so I'm assuming AMD's still run a bit hotter? I can't imagine the performance being much less.