Hey there Facepunchers.
After 2.5 years with my trusty PC, I've collected enough savings to go out and get the next iteration of hardware for future gaming exploits. I've been out of the hardware loop for quite some time though, and I hope FP could assist me in choosing the right components and avoiding gimmicky money sucking pitfalls. My goal is to make a future-proof PC by investing a good amount of money today so that it can still keep up with the games of tomorrow. I'm not looking for the cream of the crop, but I'm looking for the best performance to money ratio. For example, should a 300 euro graphics card give me 5 times the power of a 100 euro graphics card, then I would consider that money well spent. However, if it only gets me a 30% increase, then that would would be a bad investment in my eyes.
Current specs (can't hurt, right?):
Processor: AMD 9950BE
Graphics card: Nvidia 9800GTX+
HDD: 1x 600GB
Power supply: OCZ 500 watt 12v rail.
Budget: 800 euros (~1000 dollars). can be stretched to 1000 (~1250 dollars) if I can get a really good return on the extra 200 euros.
Brand preference: None. However, if an Nvidia and AMD card are roughly the same price/performence, then I'd prefer the Nvidia due to familiarity.
Salvage: I might save my 600GB Hard Drive if it means a good saving, otherwise, not much. Will save my computer as a back-up, and down the line sell/gift it to someone.
Usage: High performance gaming. Some over-clocking headroom would be preferable for future proofing, but not required.
I've been doing some research already, and have come up with a very rough build below.
Processor: Intel 2500(K?).
Video card: (1x?) Nvidia 560GTX TI.
Ram: 3x 4GB.
HDD: 1TB. I won't be needing huge amounts of space.
Suggestions, comments etc. are highly appreciated! If anyone's curious, I live in the Netherlands, so should a tech-savvy dutch comrade pop in this thread and read this, I'm also interested in advice about good and cheap online stores in Holland!
PS: I've never actually put a PC together myself. I did select the components of my current computer online, and was build by the store on-site and then shipped to me.