Well, that time has come. My desktop computer (described in my sig) has reached its gaming limit. Perhaps I have been in denial, but I am now ready to accept that it needs a complete overhaul. CPU, Mobo, PSU, Video Card, ... everything except the case.
This type of thing takes months of research and it will be a long time before I commit to any system. I have done a bit of research for the past few days, but I was wondering if anyone has some advice for what I should get.
Here is what I need:
- Future Proof. My current computer started about eight years ago with an Nvidia FX5200, then upgraded to a 6600, and finally to the 7800GS. The CPU, Mobo, PSU, Hard Drives, and DVD Drive have not been touched since day 1. I have, however, upgraded the memory and added a DVD Burner since it was built. I would like a similar experience with this computer. Which means the motherboard and PSU need to be given the most consideration. Once that thing is in, I want to go another 8-10 years before getting another mobo. I want to be able to throw a better version of anything else (Memory, Video Card, Hard Drives, DVD Drives, and possibly even the CPU) later down the road.
- Above average Gaming. I'm not really the kind of person that is willing to spend a few hundred extra dollars to squeeze out 5 or 10 more FPS in my games. However, I do like my games (FPS, "GTA" Free-roam type, RTS, Sims) running smoothly with most of the graphics settings set to max. At first glance, it seems like the Nvidia GTX260 seems to be the best bang for your buck ATM. Is SLI worth considering? Because I hear that not enough games focus enough on SLI for it to be worth it. That may not be true anymore, though.
I would also like my computer to handle 1080p output to the screen. Although, this is not necessary right away and will most likely be an upgrade further down the line.
I will spend some time researching all this on my own, but I thought I would get some advice here first to help me get started. What CPU/Motherboard/Video Card would you recommend? My goal is to keep everything (CPU, Mobo, Video, PSU, Memory, Hard Drives, DVD Drives) below $700, but we'll see what happens.
Thanks in advance!