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I've been an avid gamer since the early 90's I've been building my own PC's since the mid-90's. This holiday season I am considering purchasing a new rig or at least the main components of a new rig. (IE motherboard, CPU, Power Supply, Hard Drives, GPU) I've already started looking on different sites and finding it a bit hard to make a decision. A little back round information, I'm an IT specialist professionally and an avid gamer. Even though with my professional life as it is, I don't keep up on gaming hardware all that much. At this point I probably know more about server hardware than gaming hardware. I'm currently running:
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.3GHZ
ATI Radeon 7770 GHZ edition
250 GB SATA
80 GB SATA
Now this isn't the greatest nor the worst I've seen. (Was still running a P4 up until OCT 2013) However I'm trying to figure out which way to go with some of the hardware components. I know AMD typically is less expensive and runs a bit hotter but I haven't had any experience with their equipment other than GPU's, since the K6 266 days. (I ran that in the 90's) Typically I've been running Intel CPU/MB with a ATI/AMD GPU.
I'm interested in finding what some of the readers here use for their PC's and what other avid gamers would recommend for someone looking into updating some components. Is AMD worthwhile for CPU/MB? Is the price difference and performance worth not going I5 or I7 which is what I'm currently thinking. Also is ATI still worthwhile as a GPU? Have had issues in the past and considering using a Nvidia GPU since I've only run one once in the past. Are the Nvidia GPU's really that much better? What models of CPU, GPU, MB do people use and have current success with?
Other than these hardware questions, my only other thoughts are, depending on price, what would be worth upgrading now and what would folks consider be ok to leave. At this point I want to get a CPU, MB, RAM, & Power Supply minimum and a GPU, hard drive, and sound card if I can swing it. My current price range is $800-$1000 if anyone needs that. So what do you guys think and recommend? What are your preferences and experiences?
*Edit* - Some things I forgot. I use my PC as an all around PC. Web surfing, email and all the standard stuff. I do have a youtube channel although haven't done much with it since it taxes my pc so much, so some video editing should be expected. Primarily it is my gaming rig. Currently playing WoD and experiencing some longer initial load times. I have current access to EQ:Landmark but with a dual core, it's pretty terrible. (Below system requirements, lot of lag, messed up colors and overall stuttering) I'm hoping to play Albion Online, Black Desert, EQ:Next to name a few. Not to mention would love to see the extra performance on current games like WoD, maybe even ESO. So this is a PC I would like to future proof the best I can for the next ~3 years or so. Even if that means buying parts at different times. (IE. buy CPU/MB/PS/RAM in winter and rest in summer)