Hey all, I'm looking to replace my old computer and get a new one, with all those fancy graphics and whatnot.
My budget is $1000-$1500, except I live in New Zealand, so that's $800-$1200 USD. Unfortunately, parts are a bit more expensive than in the US, must be something to do with being a tiny country miles from anywhere except Australia (eew, Australia), or rampaging orcs, Mt Doom (and yes, I've been to Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe), and Hobbiton (Mattamatta)) etc.
On the bright side, I've got my spiffy Roccat Pyra mouse and Arvo keyboard, as well as a 23" 1920x1080 monitor I got for a sweet price recently and a 21" 1680x1050 monitor, and a 8GB DDR3 1600hz stick of memory, which gives a bit more freedom to get some pricier parts. (for anyone with only one screen, get two screens. It's amazing.) I plan to get another 8GB stick sometime in the future, and stuff that in there, but as I'm currently running a 2GB DDR2 ~300hz stick, I'll be fine for a while. I also have a WD Caviar black drive that I'll take out of my current PC, then gut the Tivo that no-one is using and use the HDD from that in my current PC and set it up as a file server or something interesting. I'll probably also steal the DVD drive out of it too, I don't use it enough to want to buy another, but I don't use it so little I don't want on at all.
I plan mostly on using the system for gaming, though it may get used to do some rendering at some point. I'd like to be able to run games at the native resolution of my monitors without having framerate drops that break immersion.
I would prefer an AMD graphics card, because the nVidia card I had was awful and had all kinds of issues, and my current Sapphire card is excellent, although I'm open to suggestions of course.
TLDR: New Zealand, budget $1000-$1500, already have monitors, peripherals, hobbits, disk drive, memory, hard drive, prefer AMD cards and NZ should have won America's Cup.
Here's what I've come up with so far, though I may be barking up the wrong tree.