Hello there. I'm new to this so I'll try my best. Basically I want a gaming pc. I looked over the template and I tried filling it out to the best of my knowledge.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: The week of September 3rd. Most likely Sep. 3 or Sep. 4.
Budget Range: 500-1000 dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important: video games(huge use), browsing the web, movies
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Starting from scratch so need everything.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Location: Currently live in Philadelphia, PA
Parts Preferences: Only thing I can tell you here is that I prefer Nvidia over Radeon
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: I want to get a 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: I would if possible like to have a solid 30-60 fps when playing games, fan or water cooled, doesn't matter. I'd like to run the games as smoothly as possible, especially in intense graphical and high populated zones of MMOs and other games like Planetside 2, Witcher 2, etc.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm in college so I use my lap top for most of my gaming now a days but now that I am getting an apartment I will finally be able to have a solid place to stay for a few years or so. So I thought it'd be a good time to upgrade from a lap top to an actual gaming pc.
ssd are the next gen of storage drives. there no moving parts so that the only thing that limits the read/write speeds is the controller and firmware. with an ssd windows does fly. apps and games open and run a lot faster. sli or crossfire in simple terms is the two cards splitting the work load of the game at high res.
Thank you all so much for the help. I decided on a build based on your suggestions. But I have never built a PC on my own. I was wondering if there was some place someone could direct me for help on how to assemble all these parts into one PC?
The graphics card performance depends heavily on your CPU.... A slower CPU will bottleneck your GPU. Intel works better with Nvidia. so take a look at the following http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If u r looking for something less than this - my suggestion is go for the i5-2500K
Keep 8GB of RAM minimum, u can always add later
HDD depends on your choice...
and if u want liquid cooling go for a Corsair H80 - It is a cheap but highly efficient and a highly reliable cooler...
If u do change your mind abt ATI and AMD... The following combo would do just fine for you....
AMD Phenom II X6 1100T + ne motherboard with AM3+ support (gives you the option of upgrading to the FX series later, the FX series in its current state is not a radical advancement over the previous Thuban proc...)
HD7770 or the like for the GPU sector..... if u want to buy it.....