We have a budget of £500-600 so I'm looking at a Q6700 based machine for gaming. I'm just worried that I've been gone too long (last seriously looked at hardware a year or so ago) and I'm going to make him a lemon if I'm not careful.
As I understand it in this price range I'm not going to have i7 as that's still bleeding edge tech. So I was looking at a Q6700 (PC Gamer recommends it still), but now it comes to graphics cards and I get lost. I know PCIe 2.0 is out, but is it worth it right now or should I stick with 1.1 (looking at a 9800 GT)? Is 500W going to be enough for a machine like this? And finally is it worth sticking with 32-bit Windows or should I make the jump to 64?
Dear xkcd, please
So far it's looking like a Q6700, 4GB PC2-8500 RAM, 9800GT, 500GB HD, 500W PSU with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I don't see much point in giving exact makes and models as it simply confuses everyone