I have the following situation,
I play games constantly... all the time... mainly FPS.
I have a self built p4 prescott 2.8 ghz, 1 gig ddr 333, some random motherboard and an ATI 9600 128....
This machine was my main machine but now I use it as a server, it has 3 hard disks and its been up for several months downloading stuff from the web and running various scripts for my computer games.
Now about 4-5 months ago I brought myself a Dell 9100 latitude laptop, 3.4 ghz p4, 1 gig ddr 400 ram, 256 meg M9800 ATI g card... now i play a lan party every other week which is why i went for a big old laptop and im now using this as my main machine..
Now being the gadget freak that I am I cant help but think that I should have kept my old laptop (was fine for the games I play at the LAN party) and built myself a new faster desktop.
I still owe £1500 ( i live in UK) for the laptop which Im going to have to pay off at some stage.
Ive benchmarked the laptop and I get about 3800 in 3dmark 2005, its a great machine dont get me wrong but I would love something that gave me 10k +
Im very technical in terms of networking and computers but im fairly out of touch when it comes to building machines..
If you had to construct a nice new machine what parts would you go for.... I dont want liquid cooling and all that crap.. im looking for a spec that I can go on the web and order the parts for less than say £1300 (not sure what that currently equats to in dollars)...
I look forward to your suggestions...... even if it includes keeping things as they are