I've held back for quite sometime now hoping to squeeze every bit of power out of my Dell 630i but it has been 5 years and the urge is no longer bearable.
My current setup is a Intel Q8200, 8GB DDR2 Ram, and a HD 5770. Barely able to run current games on Medium with AA.
This will be my first self-built computer.
Approximate Purchase Date: June - July 2013; able to wait a tad longer if new gen CPU's or GPU's are on the brink of release.
Budget Range: $900 Before Rebates; After Shipping (If a new monitor is recommended it would probably have to be included in the $900)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School Work, Surfing the Internet, Watching Movies
Are you buying a monitor: Most likely not.
Parts to Upgrade: I want a brand new system as my current computer is a Dell 630i and the components are absolute trash.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, memoryexpress.com; pretty much any website is fine with inexpensive or free shipping that are reliable and ships to Canada.
Location: Richmond (Vancouver), BC, Canada
Parts Preferences: No Pref, but would like best bang for buck.
Overclocking: Probably in the future.
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. As far are ATI or nVidia, no preference.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050, possible upgrade to 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: Looking to play future FPS and RTS games. Possibly some MMO's. Not looking to benchmark. I would like to max out games though.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Blue Screen of Death occurs almost everyday. Freezes for 4 - 5 seconds every 5 hours or so. Can't run the games I play on High/Ultra.
Thank you for your time, help is greatly appreciated.
first of all... really? ... reallly? ive got a Q6600 with 5gb ram and a 450GTS 1gb vid card which can run games easily still (replacement gpu for my HD2900xt R.I.P. 500$)
yeah it wont play on ultra but still comfortably on mid... now i upgraded to 550TI cuz that 450 is trash got some pretty mid/high graphics going with CPU overclocked no probs.