Wow that's good. Any recommendations for graphics? Nvidia sounds good, but i've been living in the 7series, so i have no idea about new GPUs. I'm not asking for an awesome one, but one that can play Civ5 or Fallout New Vegas on medium would be good...
My card is an nVidia GeForce 9500, which can play both Civ5 and Fallout on med-high settings at 1680x1050 resolution. You can buy it for about $60 US nowadays. However, I think the GeForce 9 series is the absolute lowest class of video cards you should buy - aim for a little higher if you can, that way it won't be completely obsolete in about 2 years.
I had a look at parts online too, and you can certainly build a computer that's much better than the one I'm using for not even $600 US (which is almost equal to AUD).
Check out these 2 benchmark sites to help you pick one out from the hundreds of products out there: one for video cards
, and one for CPUs
Yeh thanks that's helpful. In the end, I wanted something affordable but good
I got these ones: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/115007,nvidia-geforce-9600-gt.aspx http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/121295,sapphire-hd4850-toxic.aspx http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/236773,amd-radeon-hd-6850---great-value-graphics.aspx http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/151588,ati-radeon-hd-4770-is-the-best-mid-price-a-list-graphics-card-for-serious-gamers.aspx http://www.pcauthority.com.au/Review/110020,gigabyte-nvidia-geforce-9600-gt-is-new-ultimate-mid-range-card.aspx
Right now, i feel that the ATI Radeon DH 4770 looks really good. It's $150, and apparently manages well with Crysis etc..
if anything, I like Nvidias, and if the above wasn't available I might get cheaper 9xxx series or 1xx or 2xx card (not SLI, I want stability)
I guess i'll enquire around about assembly prices. Local shops, if I give them parts, could do it for 200-300 , including payment for the motherboard and cooling...
On top of that, a graphics card of my choice +2-4GB of RAM should be fine
Thanks a lot guys
Turn out my parents don't want an assembled computer (even though i'm paying for it) and have offered to buy me a pre-assembed on, unfortunately. I'll probably buy a good Alienware one (chipping in as well)