I am wanting to build a new gaming PC for around $2000AU (less if I can get away with it). I live in Brisbane QLD, if anyone can also suggest a good place to buy parts from.
I already have a monitor, mouse and headset so I am not looking at these.
Currently I am using a system running an AMD Phenom X3 720 CPU, 4gb of Ram, ATI Radeon HD 5700 GPU, a WD 500gb SATA HD and I couldnt tell you the brand name or model of the Mobo, optical drive or PSU.
I mainly play games like WoW and the odd FPS game when my computer feels like running it. I am fairly limited currently since my PC doesnt want to run anything at high settings, and newer games have really struggled. I played Street Fighter (lol) a few months ago and it would run at like 3fps.
The systems I were looking at, and I am happy to adjust parts if needed, were:
AMD AM3 Phenom II X4 955BE
G.Skill-Ripjaws 4GB DDR3-1600
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB/Western Digital Caviar Black
Powercolor PCS+ 1GB ATI Radeon HD5870
Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black Edition
Antec Truepower New 750W
(This build was recomended to me, but I am sure I only need one GPU right?)
I am looking to use it for running games at high settings, and looking to branch out to play games such as SC2, Farcry 2 aswell.
Also, if it is a better option to just upgrade specific parts instead of a new system I'd be happy to know also, but I know this is difficult to say without confirming what mobo and chipset I am using.
What 5700? The 5750 is pretty weak, the 5770 is stronger but not very good for full HD/high settings. That Powercolor HD5870 is much stronger though, you'll be able to play your games on full HD/high settings. Very probably your mobo can take a quad like the Phenom II 955 or 965, but you will see a difference only in the games that use 4 cores.