what should i get? yep.. seen it a million times havent you?
i have been VERY out of the desktop pc loop for the past few years. im no stranger to building them etc, but am now in the blue when it comes to all of the new hardware out.
my budget is about $1,000 (not including monitor, speakers, etc. i have all of that. just the tower).
how much better of a machine could i get if i saved for a while longer and spent aobut $1,500 on the tower? is it worth waiting & saving?
the main reason i want the machine is for gaming. however, it will also be used sparsely for small web dev and .NET projects when im working at home.
i do not want a tv tuner card or any high end dvd stuff. i hate watching dvd's on the computer & dont have the desire to record anything to dvd either. just need a regular cd-rom burner.
my main questions involve storage, processors, and graphics cards.
is RAID worth fooling with for a desktop entertainment machine?
so far i was thinking of an asus A8N-SLI delux/premium for the board. that's about as far as i've got.
how much ram is necessary for todays games? (system ram, not video card). i wanted to go with 2gb..
if nobody replies to this i wont be upset. i know how annoying these questions get.