Alright, so, I've never had the money to do this before, but I will soon, so I want to do it.
I don't really know all -that- much about computers, so I'll let you guys edumahcait me and the like. Uhm, as far as a budget goes, I've been told by a few people that have studied up thoroughly on PCs, specifically gaming PCs that you really only need to spend about $900 to run pretty much everything at a constant 60 FPS. Maybe $1,000 to $1,100 if you want a little more power. But I guess my budget would be set at... $1,200? MAYBE $1,300, depends.
Anyways, as far as what I want...
RAM - Uh, 8GB is fine I suppose. Is there any need for 16GB or higher? As far as gaming goes. I'll only be running a few tabs in my browser, a game or two maybe, and have things like Skype/Xfire/Steam open constantly. Just... decide for me, I suppose.
Hard Drive - Was just looking around, and apparently, there's features about hard drives I didn't even know about. Like the RPM and cache size. So I'll let you guys pick a good one out for me. HD space would be 1TB. 2TB if you can find one at a reasonable price. 1TB would be fine though.
Motherboard - There's a lot of factors here, but what I do know is that you need to make sure what's on the motherboard fits the rest of the components. Like the RAM, the connectors for the hard drive, supports enough RAM, has the right video card slot(s), supports the processor, right pin slots for the PSU, you guys know all that stuff. Just pick a good one. xD
Video card - Okay, here's what really matters on a gaming PC, obviously. I've heard that you can use two video cards, but I don't think I'll need that. Basically, I need a good enough video card to run one game at a time. MAYBE two, I doubt I'll ever need to run two, though. Anyways, I just want one that would be able to run the popular games at 60 FPS and stay there. Games include Starcraft 2, Dota 2, Heroes of Newerth. Maybe a few MMOs too, like Guild Wars 2, Aion, World of Warcraft. Those kinds. I also really like playing PS2 games on my PC through emulating, so I'd like to be able to run those well. Games like Disgaea 2, Final Fantasy games, Alter Echo, things like that. Just a nice, powerful video card that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But I am willing to shell out for a powerful one.
Processor - I know a powerful processor is important. The cores, the Ghz, etc. Just a nice powerful one.
Power Supply - Uh, just one to support all my stuff, I guess? I seem to have really shitty PSUs that I buy that only last a few months. So, one with good quality would be nice as well.
Sound Card - I'll need one of these as well. Nothing expensive. $50 at the -very- most.
Computer Case - Uh, pick a nice one that fits all of this, I guess? Wouldn't mind a flashy case, I guess. Nothing too expensive, though.
Cooling Equipment - Good processor cooling, obviously. Or great, whichever. Whatever gets the job done. As far as fans go, whatever you guys think is best.
Edit 2: Also, forgot about one thing. An internal Optical Drive. For playing CDs, like DVDs and Bluray discs and such. Good one, I guess. $30 max? Maybe $40?
Also, I use a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. I'd like to be able to run things smoothly. As far as games go, yes. I want to be able to fullscreen them and put all settings at max and get a constant 60+ FPS.
Um, that's about it, I guess. If you need a little more insight, um...
iBUYPOWER Power TG511 Gaming PC - AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz , 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, 1GB ATI Radeon HD6450, Keyboard & Mouse, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit at TigerDirect.com
I bought that about 3-4 months ago. It performed really well. I had no issues with any of it (aside from the onboard sound not working and the hard drive not working). Processor was great, cooling was great, motherboard was nice, video card was nice, no issues really. But I do want a much more powerful video card, as it was only able to run Dota 2 at 1600x900 resolution (borderless windowed mode) with maxed Textures and Render Quality at 35-40 FPS. Which was the best I could get, really. You could also enable:
But yeah, being able to put everything at max settings for like, most PS2 games and most MMOs would be great, along with most MOBAs that I mentioned. Thanks for any help.
Edit: Also, for my current PC that I have (that doesn't work because it needs a new PSU), could someone recommend me a good one? It came with a 480w PSU, so 500w+ would be nice. Thanks.
Edit3: (Ugh, sorry lol) I want to buy a nice gaming mouse and keyboard. Something like these two?
Amazon.com: Logitech Gaming Keyboard G510: Electronics
Amazon.com: Mad Catz M.M.O.7 Gaming Mouse for PC and Mac: Electronics