Hi, I'd like advice for building a new Simming/Gaming PC. I won't be buying for a few months yet so if there are any major hardware releases/price drops anticipated I'll take that into consideration. In addition I'd prefer something that I can expand in the future to stretch a few more years out of the system.
I want something that will play Rise of Flight and earlier sims at max with a reasonably silky frame rate, and could manage IL2: Cliffs of Dover in the off chance they ever get that straightened out so that the recommended specs are a reasonable reflection of reality (but for the time being I won't be buying CoD so I don't want to throw any money in that direction if I can help it). Beyond that I don't really care about 60fps in Crysis 2 or anything, as long as the machine is reasonably competent and will hold it's own in gaming for the time being.
Approximate Purchase Date: Middle of June or the start of July.
Budget Range: I'd prefer to keep it under $800, and if I can keep it under $700 that would be even better.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: I game and my computer acts as my home recording studio so I do audio editing, I don't need anything extra for the audio stuff, my current setup works fine but I'll welcome the extra CPU headspace.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Sound Card, Speakers, Monitor, TrackIR or other peripherals.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whichever is cheap and reliable.
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: None.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
Additional Comments: I also need to purchase Windows 7 and a cheap hard drive (I have an external for mass storage), whichever version is the cheapest but not severely limited. If there are any slightly more expensive components with significant performance gains, or places where costs can be cut without sacrificing performance, let me know.
Actually, after seeing the $500 marathon build article, I'm leaning more towards a system within that price range, but I'll still go up to 800 if there's some vital performance increase that will be worth the dough.