Hello, this is my first post here and was looking for some guidance in choosing parts for a (pretty much) new gaming PC. Im kinda a noob when it comes to technical information dealing with parts so Im looking for someone more knowledgeable who can help! Looking to possibly take advantage of cyber monday deals if possible on Newegg as well.
Budget Range: Haven't really decided, but preferably under 1000$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, PSU, GPU,
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: Intel
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280X1024 (my GF is buying me a new monitor for the holidays so this should be increasing)
I plan on keeping my GPU which is a Nvidia 9800GTX+ 512mb. It seems to be solid still and from what I've read, people still use this one while upgrading other parts which is what I would like to do.
My currents specs are (and Im not sure on brands/models exactly atm but I can find out if need be for the purpose of choosing new parts): Core 2 duo E8400 3.0ghz, only 4 gigs of ram, an older Gigabyte motherboard and a complete crap 80 gig HDD. With all these new parts being added, Im not sure if a new tower would be a good idea as well, mine is pretty standard.
So far I think I'd like to go with a quad core i5 series Intel processor, after that is what I am looking for help with as I have no idea how to pick a mobo that suits this CPU and will work with my GPU as well. If any other information is needed please let me know.
Get a better GPU. The 9800GTX will hold you back when your GF buys you a new monitor.
Hey thanks for the response. I was thinking about waiting to see how things go with my new monitor before I get a new GPU as I see it as being not the most important to upgrade. I like that memory choice tho, seems solid and has crazy good reviews and a great price.