Hello all - I have made upgrades to my other existing system in the past but this will be my first attempt at building my own system for my wife who enjoys EQ2 and other MMOs. I'm trying to make this build viable for the next 3-4 years while staying in a budget around 1250. Any advice on my selections would be greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: 1250 After Rebates;
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: No, currently have hooked up to a Samsung 720P HDTV, 1360x768 res mounted on the wall
Parts to Upgrade: New Build
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Ultimate. May buy a Windows Ultimate upgrade and use the fresh install methodology.
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Portland, OR
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
Overclocking: Yes, planning on using the Mobo utility first and step up later after I pour through more articles
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe at some point
Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Currently running a 6 year old AMD build that is not keeping up with the graphics...and because I promised my wife I'd get her a new computer!
I am going to need Windows...
so I'm thinking I could drop the 2TB for a 1TB (we have a 1TB external USB that's not near full), add Windows, swap the Lite-on for an ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS and only be about 20 bucks over my budget. Any reason to not do the swap on the Lite-on for the Asus (on sale at newegg)?
The thought I had on that one (right or wrong) is since we play MMORPG's more often than not, I know we'd like to turn the graphics quality as high as we can. Won't do too much with EQ2 (being a cpu shader) but newer games I thought would benefit from a more robust gpu. Was my logic flawed a bit?