$750 home build vs modded $300 hp pavilion elite 400y
The situation is thus: My current desktop is starting to show its age, I built it in 2003 (XP os, shuttle x pc case, Intel pentium 4 3.2Ghz, stock mobo, 250w psu, 2 gig ram, Nvidia 7600gs 512mb) Displayed on 32" Vizio HDtv at 1024x768 @60hz A friend of mine has offered to sell me his modded Hp Pavilion Elite 400y (product number BT471AA) which is running an updated PSU ( I dont have the figures ) and an Nvidia 8500gt for $300. I'm willing to invest around $750 on a new, home built system. Peripherals will be reused, already have a copy of windows 7 64 bit.
Priorities from greatest to least: Online Gaming (FPS, MMORPG, RTS), online video/web surfing (youtube, netflix), microsoft office type stuff.
I know there are hundreds if not thousands of threads on Tom's that have addressed this kind of issue, (I've read most of them) but as we all know the speed at which this technology progresses, becomes discounted, then redundent and as such, felt the need to re-address and explore my options. Thankfully, this site, and all of you with your vastly superior knowledge, exists.
Other requirements: SLi or Crossfire: would be a nice option, room to grow and update is always an issue as i found out with the tiny shuttle x case
Vendors: Newegg is my primary source, but any reputable vendor will be aknowledged ( local is alright too) Washington, DC area.
OCing: Yes, I'll squeeze every drop of performance I can get from this budget.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated, even if it's just to gawk in amazement at my current PC or to tell me I'm daft for even considering an HP. If you can think of anything I may have left out, just let me know. Thanks in advance