So I'm transferring to a university after the summer and finally moving away from home. Away from home = plenty of time for games. That and barely being able to play The Witcher and Armed Assault on my current PC, I've decided I want to build a new computer within the next 6 months. Nothing's really set, but I just found out that the Q6600 processor is pretty "cheap" and with the release of the new Geforce 9600 gfx card, suddenly the most expensive components seem to be at a decent price. I've already looked around a little, but before I get started trudging through obscure tech forums and really dive into the whole research process, I was wondering if you guys had some suggestions or guidelines I should start off with.
-Computer mainly for games. I don't program or edit video or have any other tasks that require the computer other than as a word processor.
-I'm looking to spend around $1000-$1500. Hopefully less, but if just a little more $$ provides significant performance boost... then maybe. I'm also gonna buy a cheap laptop for school. So the more money I save on the PC, the better laptop I can get.
-I've read higher clocked dual core processors perform better than slower quad cores for games. This makes sense.. but I've seen that tornado video for Alan Wake.. I WANT TO BE READY. So which should it be? Dual or quad?
-Vista or XP? Heard SP3 is coming out for XP. ..really? GFW games can only run on Vista?
-How many gigs of ram?
Well that's about it I think. I've not been keeping up with the PC tech for about 3-4 years.. so A LOT has changed. Again, I have 6 months so there's not a huge rush so I can wait for price drops, new hardware releases, etc. Also, if it's not a good idea to build a PC now.. why not? If there are compelling reasons, I can wait. With GTA IV, Force Unleashed, Splinter Cell Conviction out for consoles.. I could
hold off building a new PC.