Well with all these fancy games coming out I reckon it's time to upgrade. Now I have virtually no money right now so I won't be buying anything for at least 2 months. But I might as well get my hopes up now. I know a little bit about the basics of computers, but not enough. I don't know about what specs are/aren't important, or if certain parts are compatible, etc. I run a lot of desktop applications but I also play games. I want to overbuild it now so that it's not a paperwait in a few years.
Processor: I want to get a quad core. My last 2 rigs have been AMD dual cores, I am definitely looking to go quad. I don't know why exactly, but I've been reading and have heard from miscellaneous people that Intel is superior(though more expensive)
That seems to be powerful, and is the best bang for the buck. The 3.0 Quad core is a hue jump. Input?
Hard Drive: Any reason not to get an internal? I want at least a terabyte of total storage. I've been told that getting a speed higher than 7200 rpm is better, but am not sure why. It allows for faster file locating? Is it really worth the (ton of) extra money to get something faster than 7200rpm? Someone educate me, what is the reason for the $100. price difference between these two hd's?
Video Card: This is where I am clueless. I've heard the Geforce? 8800's are good? I understand there are different models (8800 Gt, 8800Gtx, etc) I saw a 9600 or something but it had crap reviews? What are some of the best cards out there now?
Motherboards: Again, I don't know how to tell which mobo's are compatible with which processors. I reckon I should get one that supports overclocking, should I ever need it(?) What else do I need to consider when shopping for one?
Ram: I understand that more ram is better, to a point. What's a respectable overkill amount? 4gb? More? I've also heard that there is 'good' ram and 'slow' ram. What do I need to know about this? Should I get 2x2 gbs? Or is 1x4 better/worse? Should I just say fuck it and get 2x4?
Power Supply: I'll need at least 1000 watts I reckon? How can I tell exactly?
Case: I currently have a gaming case, am I going to need a huge case to hold the (presumably) bigger power supply and (presumably) graphics card? Or should all this fit in an averaged-sized home/gaming pc case? I'm undeclared on an OS as of now. I see no reason to get Vista yet. What was the deal with Direct X 10, did it require Vista? (<<am I stupid?)
A rundown on all those bits would be great. Gimme what you got...
Something like this is in the ballpark: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16883229053
But the graphics seem kinda par? How's that ram? I know ddr3 is good, but still.
Should I consider a build w/ 2 graphics cards? I basically want a system that can play any game at raping max for the next 2 years. Come on guys!
Edit: Or maybe one of these two? How is the higher price of the second on justified? The biggest difference I see is the graphics setup: