Hey guys, it's my first ever post here and it's the first I'm seriously dwelving into tech, as I've been noticing my PC isn't really keeping up these days and is really struggling with some of the more intensive games I throw at it, especially the sea battles in Empire Total War (I know, I'm not sure why) and the open beta of Company Of Heroes 2 (it just looks older, no performance issues that I've noticed though) and I have issues with Serious Sam 3, Skyrim (such as awful textures even with the HD mods and AA and the other one which I can't remember the name of on 0)
At the moment however I am gaming on a 1360x768 monitor, but I am looking to go into multi-monitor setups, as it can provide me advantages, such as my interfaces not being all cluttered whilst doing non gaming tasks and such.
The thing is, I don't just game. I record music with lots and lots of VST's too. (The last project I did was over 70/80) as well as live instruments, such as guitars, bass and drums. So I'll need a PC to do some of the more intensive stuff such as loading all of the VST's and so on. I also use a combination of Mixcraft and Reaper as DAW's.
My PC at the moment is;
AMD Phenom x4 840
Asus; M5A78L-M USB/3
Radeon 6850 Sapphirre (I think it's the 1GB DDR5 version, but I'm not sure)
10 GB Crucial at 1600 MHZ (I think it's Dual memory, but I'm not sure)
1TB Seagate Barracuda.
Now thinking about it, I can always cannibalize this machine and transfer things over as required.
I'm in the UK and we always get tech prices at an increase compared to the US so I'm not exactly sure what to buy, my budget will be about 5/600 for the entire thing. So I was hoping to save some cash and reuse an old Ikonic case that I have lying around and my Ram in order to save even more.
What would you guys suggest? You've been at this longer than I have.
Also, sorry for the non-existant PC parts picker list. I was going to gain some suggestions and then compile it accordingly.
Edit: I also have mouse, keyboard and a monitor. Also have a copy of Win 7 64bit. Would I be able to run two copies of Windows at the same time as each other, or will I not be able too?