I am looking for a new machine! It will be used primarily for gaming, some audio editing, and I am hoping to get into some XML development in the near future. I primarily play World of Warcraft, and would like to be able to max out the graphics and still maintain at least 70ish fps in a raid setting (not sure how to describe this technically...but it's 25 people packed into a tight space with spell animations flying everywhere...my current machine, a four year old dell running 2gb of ddr2 and a four series amd athlon dual core takes a tremendous framerate hit in these settings - we are talking down to about 15 fps with minimal graphics settings, where I can get ~60 in normal areas) ...I don't think that is unreasonable for this type of machine. I would also like to be able to handle current gen games at high settings as well. As far as the audio work is concerned I use FL Studio and assorted plugins...this is fairly harsh for my current rig, but again, I don't THINK this should be a problem for this guy - in fact, if anything, I am worried that maybe this system is overkill for my purposes. Note that I do like to multitask...I wouldn't mind being able to toy around with new synths or something on one screen during downtime while running a game on the other screen, and I definitely need iTunes open in the background so I can call up my tunes whilst I play for games with less than stellar sound, while also having about 12 firefox tabs open so every random thing link that looks semi-interesting can stay open, etc....you get it?). The idea of doing my own build both excites me and scares me...but more the second part. It would be my first build, and although I am sure I would learn a lot...well, like I said...certain things, like installing thermal compound, look like something I could seriously botch. I am currently considering the following machine: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=SYX-1025
. I was hoping to get a bit of feedback here as to its value, comparable models, etc. If someone wants to try and convince me to do my own build (ie: I could save a load of money and really won't end up melting down $1000+ worth of hardware, I'm all ears...) I would appreciate suggestions as to what parts you would recommend. Also, does anyone here know anything about monitors? This one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=V18-2404
has a high refresh rate, high contrast ratio, good size, reasonable price...but I really don't know much about displays.
I have a lot to learn and will start doing a bunch of my own research...but I'd like to have some veteran advice before I spend this kind of money. I would rather overbuy than underbuy also, I will more than likely be sticking with what I buy for quite a while and I spend quite a bit of time at my computer between all the afformentioned things, school, work, etc...
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
EDIT: 1) I seem to have somehow inadvertently created two posts identical to this one...sorry
2) I am not 100% positive that this is in the right place...I guess I put it here because I expect to be talked into doing a build, but really I am asking for feedback on a pre-assembled machine...anyway if you want to move it I certainly don't mind.EDIT: Moved to the correct forum-MG
Edited by garmanma, 12 January 2010 - 04:56 PM.