I'm not very knowledgeable about hardware, I used to keep up with things awhile back (up to about 6 years ago) but haven't really bothered since college. I spent the past several days just trying to see what's currently out there. Here is my wishlist on newegg:
I've been using laptops all through college, and since I'm beginning to settle down in the US, I think now may be a time to have a desktop. I used to play games, but since I found WoW, it's taken up most of my gaming time. However, once in awhile (like now) when I don't play WoW as much until 4.3 I tend to pick up some new games. All my life I've always thought that 30 fps is awesome framerate (I know >.>), and I'm so used to it that I never thought that it could be so much better.
Then again, I play a ret paladin as my main, but that's another story.
Most of the time, on a scale to 1-100% with 100 being every setting maxed out, I play at 70% with 30fps or so and was happy.
I'm currently studying Information Systems (a mix between computer science programming and business), if that helps you help me. I don't do graphics design or anything as intensive. So games are really the only pushing factor for my choices.
I know the GTX 570 is a bit overkill, but I'm not willing to skimp on that. I feel like the graphics card is the limiting factor for gaming (of course, not being bottlenecked by the processor and vice versa is important too). I may be willing to bump down $100 for a 560 Ti but I have the budget for it, so why not? Same goes for processor. I'd like it to last 3 years minimum (no problem I think) and hopefully go beyond 5 years.
What I don't need:
- SSDs (yet)
- Multiple monitors
I have a 22" monitor at 1920x1080p. For comparison, my current laptop that I am using:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 580 @ 2.67GHz (Dual-core)
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
Currently play WoW on High settings - one notch below Ultra (2x AA) at 30fps in SW and 50+ in 10-mans. Crysis 1 on Med-High settings (also 2x AA). Crysis 2 on low settings (*sob*). What can I save some money on in my list? Are there overkills?