Basically I've been getting pretty hyped about Star Citizen. If you haven't heard of it and you're a space sim fan I definitely suggest looking it up because it looks amazing. A lot of what their boasting is about the visual fidelity of the game, it runs on Cry-engine 3 and the average poly count of a character is around 100,000 faces. I don't know a lot about computer graphics but i've been told the average poly count for a character in a modern game is around 10,000. You probably know more about this than I do, so you get it. Basically I realized that my pre-built HP with a Radeon HD 6850 isn't really going to cut it if I want to get the most out of this game, so I decided it was about time to upgrade anyway. I've been wanting to build my own computer for a while, but when I bought this computer I was only 14 so you can understand why I decided just to go with a prebuilt rather than building my own. Yes, I realize it really isn't that hard but my parents were paying for it and I really did not want to screw it up. Anyway enough of the back-story lets get into the details.
To start I decided to go with the Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
, it seems to be basically anything I would want in a case, with plenty of room/cooling for future upgrades, but if you have any comments I'd love to know.
What I would like to know now is where to start. I don't think i'll be able to buy it all at once but instead plan to gradually upgrade it over the next ~10 months for when the Star Citizen beta is planned to come out. I have an HP Pavillion HPE with a Phenom x6 1065
processor at 2.9ghz with 6 cores. This is where I get my first question. I need to get an idea of about where this processor fits on the scale of speed, so I can decide whether I can afford/need to upgrade it. What would help most is if you could give me an idea of which graphics card best matches this processor on the scale of speed. (so what is the fastest graphics card you would put in with this CPU?) Also comment on wether you think this CPU is up to Star Citizen if you know anything about the game.
With that figured out next I need to know which motherboard to go with. After some minimal research(mostly ratings on newegg) I found the GIGABITE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3
(that is assuming i'll be recycling my Phenom) Any thoughts? Or any better motherboards near that price range?
Finally the power supply, I really prefer to have a modulated one like the Rosewill CAPSTONE-750-M 750W
as i'd like to keep my case as clean as possible for maximum airflow.
This is basically where I plan to start, thinking it would be good to setup a good base to work off in the future, I also plan to upgrade to a high end GPU, and add some more ram. If you think I should start somewhere else also please let me know, i'm open to any and all feedback. for this section of the build(case, motherboard, PSU) I would prefer to keep it under $400, again, assuming I stick with the phenom.
Thanks a lot in advance, I really want to make sure I do this right.