Current System Specifications:
Tower: One old PoS
Mobo: MSI G41M-P35 LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz
Video: ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series
Optical: HP DVD Writer 1040d ATA
HDD: Maxtor 6L200S0 & WDC WD2000JD-00GBB0
Memory: 2x 2gig DDR2
PSU: Coolmax 500w
Operating System: Windows 7 Prof
Monitor: Hannspree LCD HD @ 1920x1080
Battlefield3 is gonna be my main time spent on this comp so i want to enjoy every minute of it. I want a nice gaming rig that will be upgradable in the future.
A new mid-tower case is a must and was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or if there is a tower similar that will fit
my Mobo now. I don't mind spending up to $600 because i wouldnt need a Harddrive, Optical, and a PSU(maybe).
i think the integrated onboard sound on the mobo is good enough and it has integrated ATI radeon hd4290 graphics but personally i would upgrade that .With that you have $265 out of the $600 i pretty much think you can pick a decent psu and graphics card with that the mobo is crossfireX ready so easy enough to upgrade at a later date
oh btw one bit of advice i have this mobo and i got a sapphire radeon hd5670 1gb gddr5 graphics card ... its good and all and if i crossfireX should be pretty cool but id recommend trying to find a low profile graphics card as this one the cooling fan sticks out over one of the pci slots