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Currently I have a 5 1/2 year old Alienware Aurora which is about to die from old age:
Athlon 64 3500 CPU, ASUS A8N-SLI N-FORCE 4 SLI MB, an Nvidia GeForce 7900 GPU, 2GB RAM.
Yep. A dead duck.
Quiz had mentioned that if you want to pay someone else to put your rig together, it will cost more. I will have maybe $1300 to spend on my next computer this December. I won't have the time to build my own (2 young children) but thought maybe going with something like Cyberpower, Digital Storm or even Gateway's FX would yield a decent result. (In an ideal world I suppose I would just buy Falcon Northwest, but they eat $1300 for breakfast.)
I will be doing gaming but not extremely intense or for long periods of time (again, 2 young children.) I need something that can handle games like GW2 next year and the current generation of games, but that won't require heavy maintenance or tweaking. In other words, something that will last without me having to spend 40 hours a week surfing for solutions when something self destructs.
Don't need dual GPUs, RAID, pretty blue neon tubing, or $3000 worth of liquid cooling (although I admit I am going to try to get a liquid cooled CPU if nothing else.) And I'm guessing at least 8GB DDR3 (at any MhZ) should be a minimum requirement. I have a 17 inch LCD monitor with plain old 4:3 ratio (which works fine and I have no plans to replace it.) I already have a Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard and a mouse I like, along with speakers. So in other words, don't need peripherals that I can think of.
So, having said all that: any suggestions on where to start? Even a pointer like "go to Digital Storm's site" etc. would be greatly appreciated. :-) Many thanks for any replies!