Well, it is nearing the time of year when I have a bit of extra money and my current rig is getting close to 2 years old.
best I can get
Games / Settings Desired
Rift on Ultra
Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc)
Parts that can be reused
Here is my current system:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX: Probably the part in biggest need of upgrade
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard : Will need upgrade
XFX HD-685X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity Probably needs upgrade
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C8: Probably ok here
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply This was/is overkill
RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB Black/Silver 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case Case is fine, but just in case a vid card os too big for it I am linking it.
I have a 320GB HD, probably sorely in need of upgrade, but I do not store much info, so if I could fit OS and Rift on a SSD then this will be fine coupled with that, otherwise, I'll want a bigger HDD
Do you need an OS?
Currently running Vista, do not really want to upgrade unless there is some huge benefit to doing so
Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)?
Mostly set there, however my secondary monitor recently died. It was only there to see vent/mumble, or to be browsing during downtime sometimes. Not really used to game on at all. What was there was an old 19" Viewsonic Widescreen, 1440x900. About 5 years old I think. I would like to replace it, but any cheap small flat screen will do as it is not used for any gaming. Just browsing, having guides up while in games, sometimes playing stupid flash games while watching a movie on main monitor.
In short, I will have approximately $800-1000 budget, if I can go less, good. I am thinking I really only need CPU, MB and GPU, possibly SSD if can squeeze it in, a cheapo flatscreen monitor.