Quote: Originally Posted by bigdog2626
so you think i should just build my own
That's a personal choice. I would (and do) - but that does not mean I'd expect everyone else to.
Realistically, building a PC today is quite easy and there plenty
of tutorials out there. But there is still plenty of risk involved if you 'get something wrong'. Read, read and then read some more.
If you're comfortable with the idea. go for it. If not...
Which kind of leaves you without anything to really play on in the meantime, thus defeating the purpose
i would be building Budget Gaming PC Build the 1st one on that page
buying one thing at a time tell i have it all then start the building
so should i just go with that or upgrade
Again, entirely your choice. You could try your luck with a second hand card in your current machine and build the rest at your leisure.
Or if you could absorb the cost of both a new PSU + GPU at the same time, you could use those components with your current machine and transplant them over when the time is right.
So far I've pointed out what you could
upgrade, but unless you plan to recycle/transplant parts - I'd leave it to a cheap 2nd hand card with your current machine.
(PSU's, GPU's, Hard drives can go from one build to another, so they're not a waste of money if used in your current machine)
are the specs on that build good
They're decent-ish for the most part. The mobo seems okay, and the 955BE is a decent chip, with some nice OCing potential.
The GPU - depends on the size (resolution) of your screen. If it's anything highr than 1680x1050, then it might struggle a bit. It's not an "Ultra/maxxed" capable card, but should handle a fair bit of High here and there.
The Hard drive is middle of the road. Not bad, not great.
Unfortunately hard drive prices are ridiculously high at the moment. No-one knows for sure when the prices are going to start coming down.
The PSU is fine. The case is a personal choice. There's a few options around that price point.
Overall, It's still far better than your current (and the 360's) capabilities.
The way I see it, the bottom line is:
Improve game performance NOW, buy a better 2nd hand card and be done with it. No other upgrades.
If you can afford both card+PSU, buy both now, enjoy improvement now. Recyle into new build.
Want better performance, but can wait: Start with the heart - a new PSU. Then add a new card.
If the performance is still not enough with your current machine, progress to a new mobo/CPU/RAM/Case etc