Hey there. Should start by saying hello because I'm brand new, as I suspect many in this subforum are. This is also the first time I've ever built my own computer. I've been in to custom PCs for a while but I never had the means until recently and my parents were always convinced it was a better idea to just pay the extra dollars for a prebuilt computer (thus, why I even own an Alienware.)
Anyway, my goal is to able to run the upcoming Max Payne 3 on as high of settings as possible considering the budget range. And actually the budget range isn't too entirely strict, it's just that I'd like to keep it close to these numbers. Anyway, here are my parameters:
Approximate Purchase Date: About one month to a month and a half.
Budget Range: 1,000-1,250
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, capturing and broadcasting gameplay footage live, word processing, watching movies and television
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers (though I would like some recommendations here)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Don't have one-- I've never really ordered computer parts. Newegg and Amazon seem to be nice.
Country: United States
Parts Preferences: None really.
As I noted above, I broadcast gameplay online as well. If you've ever done this via capture card or with a PC game, you know this can be RAM intensive. For that reason, I'm kind of set on having 16GB of RAM. I know that's probably more than I'll ever use, but it's best to be over-prepared sometimes, plus RAM is relatively cheap.
Here's the games' system requirements:
Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3
Curious how much a difference the RAM is going to make here. 16 would be ideal it seems, but I can't imagine a game actually requiring that much memory. Seems ridiculous.
Although seems like it's more important to "cut corners" there rather than the GPU or CPU.
Anyway, I'm researching the suggestions so far.
Yes - especially with a budget like yours you do not want to cut corners on the GPU if you can help it - on a gaming build it's the most important part of the build after the PSU and you don't want to skimp or compromise if you can possibly help it.
Something else I was wondering-- I noticed a lot of you factored a monitor in to the budget. I should mention I'm not actually including a monitor in my budget here. My overall budget is actually closer to $1,500 but I was leaving the monitor, keyboard, and mouse as separate parts of the budget.
I guess I didn't indicate that above.
I am curious though, what is, in the opinion of you all, the best bang-for-the-buck monitor for around $250-300? Also curious about speakers.