So my current PC is about 4 years old and starting to show its age. Fan making noise, frequent shorts when un/plugging USB devices, and game crashes. I am starting to play more graphic intense games with my son and would like a stable gaming machine. I really don't have the technical chops to build one so I am looking for some advice from the gamers in this forum.
Games we typically play are Star Wars the Old Republic, League of Legends, and a bunch of flash games from various sites. I would probably get into other games like Dragon Age (or similar) if I had the right computer. We also watch a lot of youtube videos and sometimes we run into issues with low quality/buffering.
I have Logitech speakers and gaming headphones along with 2 LCD monitors so no need to replace those.
Since this is going to be the main house laptop I would like to be able to share files with other laptops that we use. Mainly to access photos, files, and or movies. Haven't done this with current setup.
Below is the summary of what I am looking for. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime within the next few week's but no rush unless my current desktop dies.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Would like to go no more then $1,500 (tax title out the door) or the wife will shoot me. She may shoot me anyway but would like to stay between $1,000 and $1,500.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary gaming machine and main computer for the house.
Are you buying a monitor: I already have two 23" monitors that I plan on using with this new machine.
Parts to Upgrade: Since I am buying a whole new machine this doesn't seem relevant.
Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Would prefer to stick with Windows 7 x64 bit.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't have a preferred site but I have been doing some research.
CyberPowerPC gaming machines look cool but I have a hard time figuring out what I want because the interface isn't very friendly for the non-tech savy folks. Not even sure what have the parts are in the list. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/
Parts Preferences: by brand or type:
Keep reading that Intel CPUs are more power then AMD but I do not have a preference mostly due to lack of knowledge.
Also hear that getting a SSD or a HDD with SSD caching will improve performance.
Not sure if liquid cooling is needed or not.
SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768
Additional Comments: I really not into the flashy cases with all the neon lights and stuff. Though I am not against getting one. It just seems you can get more without all the bling.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current desktop is showing its age as noted above.