I'm getting really sick of not being able to play the latest games, especially GTA4 and all the Shader Model 3 minimum required ones and have decided it is probably the time for me to upgrade or rebuild my system.
I do read PCFormat and other publications and keep relatively up to date but I guess I don't fully trust myself.
I'm not sure on the budget but not too high (<400 or failing that <500) as I am a 1st year university student although, unlike some, I do know how to save.
This is my current spec, any parts from that can be salvaged:
Opteron 146 CABNE0540 Stepping @ 2.65GHz
DFI Lanparty RDX200 CF-DR
2gb (4x512) dual channel cas2 corsair xms
Antec Trupower 2.0 550W
4 HDD's, 1.41Tb in total
1xPioneer DVR-109 DVD-RW
i7 is clearly a bit pricey at the moment so would it be wise to plunge for a ultra low budget system and then go i7 later, if i7 is indeed the way forward?
I am also contemplating whether AMD's upcoming offering is worth waiting for.
So whaddya' think?
Thanks in advance for your help and advice.