Ok first off here is what I got to start with that Im typing on now.......... I can spend 1000-1200 but I would like to not spend it all but hey if it goes, it goes The Computer is and will be used 98% for gaming some for movies etc, It's mainly a surfing game machine and a toy for me. I buy all my stuff at New Egg and Tiger.
I do not overclock. I have no prefered parts I will use Intel, AMD, Nvidia and ATI. I prefer ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards though. I have built all my own boxes for the last 12 years.
AMD Phenom II 965BE Deneb 125W 3.4ghz
Asus M4A78T-E AM3 790GX HDMI
XFX ATI Radeon HD4890 1GB DDR5
Crucial 8BG (4x2GB) DDR3 1333 PC3 10600 CT2KIT25664BA1339
Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Black 7200 SATA 3.0GB
Sony DVD Burner
Sound and network onboard
Windows 7 Home 64 Bit OEM
Corsair VX550W PSU
Antec 300 Case
Bose Companion 2 Speakers
HP 2009 20" LCD Monitor
The case is the oldest thing, all other parts are from February 2010. All in real nice shape.
Things I know I want...........
Blue Ray burner and Im keeping the Sony DVD burner in the new one also.
Hard drive, SSD or both ?? This one I really need advice on, Im an SSD n00b. It it performs big time though I would like it.
Should I get a new monitor ? this one is really nice but the res is not to high I probably should so thoughts on that to.
Questions. Should I replace the motherboard and memory ?? or just leave them for another year or 2 ?? Or should I just get memory cus it's cheap ?
Also opinions please on the Video card, I want a single card config. The board I have will x-fire but I am gonna pass. I would rather have one single beast card. I don't mind NV or ATI I have owned both over the years and Like them both. I play my games at the highest specs I can get away with and maintain 40 FPS or better. If I got the system the specs get bumped.
Your opinions on the case, I would like a roomy case with cable management and good air flow, Prefer full tower size maybe in the 150-200 dlollar range, I see so many I like hard to choose.
Any opinions on Mice and Keyboards ? I have heard good things on the Logitech stuff and conflicting reports on Razer items.
The PSU will be another Corsair, I just love the one I have it's pure quality and I got it on a shell shocker deal for like 38 dollars after the deal and a 20 dollar rebate a few months back. I know I won't find like that again, I was thinking about 150 for a good 850 Corsair or should I go higher just cause I can ?
Should I just Leave this box alone and spend all my money on a new system based on Sandy Bridge ??
Im also open to this Maybe it's what I do in the end. Or should I wait a few months and see what Bulldozer has to offer ?
I think thats it for the moment, anything questions ?, just say the word I will tell yah.
Oh and leave me 100 bucks for another copy of Windows 7 I will probably have to get.
I guess in the end I just want some opinions on what some of you guys would do and how you would spend the money
Very nice, I was hoping that it would hold up well enough for a suggestion like that. Sometimes it just takes someone else to look at it to get a new fresh point of view. I think we sometimes think "our own" stuff is never good enough I do like the GTX 580 a lot and I have been looking at them for a couple weeks. Are there any manufacturers to stay clear of with Nvidia cards ? Just wondering as I have been with ATI the last couple times out. Thanks much, man I could get a kick ass monitor huh
Does everyone or most anyway have good luck buying monitors and having them shipped in ? I had to take the last 2 monitors back to the stores where I got them for dead pixels etc so I was wondering. I really would hate to have to ship a monitor back most likely at my cost. Then again I am in Amesbury MA and there is a Micro Center in Boston about an hour or so away. I guess I just answered my own question