I hope you could please help me build a good gaming pc and forgive my unawareness about computers.
Approximate Purchase Date: From now Untill the release of "Diablo 3 or Guildwars 2" 2 - 4 months ?
Budget Range: 1000-1100$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming "MMOrpgs" , Surfing internet
Parts Not Required: Keyboard/monitor/mouse/speakers/Case
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Local market
Parts Preferences: any
Overclocking: Maybe "if its easy"....
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: always used 1280x1024 but i dont know how much ill use in Diablo 3/ guild wars 2. "i prefer better performance over good looks"
Additional Comments: i dont mind changing my whole spec but i just wonder if its of any use to keep using the current 1100watts Force Power supply/ Mobo X48-DQ6 and/or Windows XP Home Edition. if they are going to compromise the gaming performance by any mean then ill just buy the new stuff that you recommend.
Can you give a link to your power supply? If it is of good quality and not to old (so that the capacitors havent degraded) then no I say keep it and invest the money in higher performing parts or something. I am assuming XP Home Edition id=s non 64bit if I remember correctly and if that case is true then I think it cant use more then 2Gbs of ram? (Correct me if I am wrong) So if that all is true then yes you need to upgrade to Windows 7 as it can use the 4Gb+ of ram. Games nowadays are requiring at least 4Gb of ram and that is becoming the new standard. So in recap if your power supply is good use the money saved to buy Win7 if you need to.