I have been considering creating a custom built computer for some time and have spent the last few weeks researching the different components that are out there and which would be the right ones for me. As I do not have a massive understanding of computer hardware (only the basics), I am relying on friends and forums such as these for the best advice before I make my purchase. I'm aiming at around the 600-800GBP (Great British Pounds, translating to roughly 900-1100 USD) to purchase a system capable of running the latest games (mainly RPGs) such as; SWToR, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, World of Warcraft, and perhaps Battlefield 3 smoothly and efficiently. This is the current system I have devised within my budget, and would really appreciate any support that you may offer;
Ideally, I would love to be able to connect this desktop to a wireless network for convenience issues. Assuming it is possible to have a wireless connection, would you recommend it or is cable a faster connection? I'd like to make my purchase within the next week or so, although I am in no hurry for Christmas as this is something for myself.
for wireless you will need a wireless pci or pci-e card... wired connections are not as reliable and a cabled connection is usually fast, BUT that's not to say it won't be fine... more than likely if you're not a long distance from the access point since the PC and the AP will both be stationary you will have a fairly stable connection.
Running the latest games on a dual core AM3 CPU will be rough. The build below has links for Newegg, but should give you an idea. For $1000 USD you can do much better. See how this would translate into your local vendors...
I appreciate the fast responses and great support, so thanks! I will take all your recommendations into place, especially yours Crewton, cheers for that. I considered going for the i5 2500k but was told an AMD Phenom II would be a more powerful choice hence my reasoning on that one, so your comments have definitely cleared up a few things.
I'll take into consideration all of the replies and continue my research slightly, although I believe Crewtons setup would prove ideal and if so I'd likely add an additional 6870 to take that edge off. Once again thanks for the support, I'll reply once I've given things a second thought.