I built my curent computer about 4 years ago and I use it mainly for playing WOW and other games. I was able to play Deux Ex: Human Revolutions and Dragon Age 2 at 1024x768 on medium settings fairly well. The issue is that my computer is at the minimum requirement levels for most of the new games coming out and the video card I have only has 256meg memory so it can't run Skyrim. I know going forward that it will be harder to run most of the games decently (if at all), so I figure it's time to replace it. I plan to use the new computer for WOW, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 (when out), etc...
Some things to know before we go any further:
* I'd like to keep the price around $600, but no more than $650.
* I don't overclock and I probably won't do it. I'd just stick with the stock fan that comes with whatever CPU I get.
* I've had an 80gb hard drive with this computer and I usually still have 10-20gig free (with WOW and 2-3 other games installed at the same time), so I don't need a giant hard drive if it would keep the price down. I would say 150gb or higher is probably fine.
* I play in 1024x768 resolution now and my games look good to me, so I don't require my new system to be able to play everything at ultra settings for the newest games. With that being said, it would be nice if I could get it close to ultra and still have it last me a few years again before I needed to consider a new system (or upgrades). Basically, something that will last me and have some upgradability.
* Ideally I would like to get a good video card with 1gb of memory with DirectX 11 support.
* I have the monitor, keyboard, mouse, sata dvd drive so I don't need those.
* I currently have a tower case with a see-through side panel and blue lighting however, the look of the case isn't a really big deal, so I would sacrifice some looks for something that would keep my new system cool.
* I'd like to get a decent power supply that would have the ability to run more powerful upgrades (if I added them in the future), but if this ends up costing too much, then I would stick with one that would be good enough for what I was building.
I was looking at Marest's following spec:
Budget Gaming 650
MoBo: MSI P67S-C43 – $89.99
CPU: Intel i5 2500k – $219.99
RAM: G.Skill 1600MHz Ripjaws 2x2GB – $29.99
GPU: XFX Radeon 6870 – $169.99
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB – $54.99
PSU: Corsair CX500 V2 – $59.99
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II – $29.99 Review
Estimated Total Price – $655
I am considering the above spec, but I'm not set in stone on the Intel chipset (my current comp is AMD), so I would consider an AMD processor if it would be cheaper and run almost as well with the above factors considered. Anything you would recommend changing that would fit what I'm looking for? Thanks in advance.