Hello there forumers!
I'm currently planning out a new build since my old rig died a few weeks ago. I've been using my laptop since then.
I also feel that it's time for an upgrade from my Core2Duo.
My motherboard has died, I plan on replacing it anyway. I have ddr2 ram, so that's pretty much useless nowadays. And I'm sure that my 8800 is pretty outdated too. So, I want to make a completely new build.
The only thing that I don't want to replace for now are my monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.
Anyway, my budget is about $800-$1000; however, I want to keep the price as low as possible, but still get the quality I want and need.
Mostly, I will be using my PC for some gaming (BF3, MW3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, etc, etc.), video editing, Photoshop, web browsing, Word, Excel, and all those good stuff for school.
I'd wait a bit to buy though, the main reason is the 7870 and 7850 (huge contenders at your budget) will be releasing in 1-2 weeks. It beats out the 6950 and 6970 for lower power consumption (by a long shot) much cooler temps, quieter, better overclocking and just all around performance.
7870 and 7850 review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-revi...