Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime really, but it would be possible within a week
Budget Range: Around 200 would be nice but 400 is my max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Left For Dead 2 at medium settings, Starcraft II at playable framerate, and music as I play), Audio Recording (Cubase)
Parts Not Required: Power supply (an TP-750W ANTEC i won from ncix), optical drive, speakers/mouse/keyboard
Part Possibly Required: Not sure if I need a new case, it was a computer from staples (ZT), I think it's M-ATX (at least the motherboard is that size).
Not sure if I need a new video card. It's a Powercolor Radeon HD 3650.
Would it be worth getting a better monitor? right now I have a Metro 19LS LCD, it seems to be working fine but will it limit the rest of the computer?
Also, does the hard drive affect performance? Right now I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3 GB/s 250GB hard drive. It's more than enough space for me, but is it fast enough/ compatible with a newer parts
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca, anything from Canada really. Preferably NCIX so i can drive there and not pay for shipping.
Country of Origin: Canada (BC)
Parts Preferences: Something that I can upgrade later on (1-2 years) and not replace everything.
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not
Monitor Resolution: not really sure, it's a Metro 19LS which came with the computer.
Additional Comments: Cooling probably won't be an issue, it's in an unfinished basement in Canada. The main problem with my current computer is that no matter what graphics settings I use, it freezes for 5-10 secs when I spawn in Left 4 Dead 2, by which time i'm dead/dying.
On a different note, could I do all that with a notebook for less than 500?
Thanks in advance.
Any mistakes here? Also, at this point is this worth the money to upgrade from my old machine?
Athlon 64 X2 2.2 Ghz, MSI K9AGM2-L, 1gb DDR2 RAM, Radeon HD 3650 512mb GDR2, and unknown (ZT?) case.
It looks alright. The only thing I don't really like is the board. It's an older model that doesn't have USB 3/SATA III support. While not that important right now, the board will become obsolete faster. I didn't see anything on NCIX that would be better for roughly the same price, so you might just have to deal with it.
Gave it some thought, ordered everything pretty much as is, except i switched the mobo for this
Seems to be about the same but a little bit cheaper, and it has crossfirex (still no USB3 or SATA 3 )
I'll be using the same operating system I have on my current comp, since all my programs and files are there anyways.
Thanks all, wish me luck with the mail in rebates of doom