Edited by: Akita T on 29/07/2011 03:02:55
Originally by: RutilusUnus
I have around 1200$ to spend on a computer at the moment.[...]I'm not looking to pimp out anything but I would like to be able to run EVE at around 30 fps at least when in space.
You don't need 1200$ for that. 400$ will probably do just fine. In fact, maybe even less.
For 1200$ you can get something that runs EVE's CQ-incarna at max detail in fullHD at triple-digit FPS, and can run "EVE in space" on three fullHD monitors at max details inside a huge fleet fight at well over 60 FPS.
For EVE right now, the video card is almost always the big bottleneck, while the processor is of a very distant secondary importance (and per-core speed matters more than number of cores anyway).DO NOT overclock your processor for EVE.
It is bordering on the useless. The weakest i5 should be able to handle it all just fine without any overclocking whatsoever with cycles to spare and at least 2 of 4 cores barely used at all. I would even recommend to stay away from intel altogether FOR NOW and get a much cheaper AMD processor/motherboard combo.
As for video card, even the puniest of all 5xxx series Radeons should be able to offer you what you asked for (the under-40$ Radeon HD 5450), but the best price/performance ratios right now are the video cards around Radeon HD 5770 or 6770, or maybe a NVIDIA GTX 460 (the 1GB version).
Just for reference's sake, take a look at this thread : "Budget PC"
. In it you will find a build that costs around 284 GBP (236 GBP + 20% VAT).
That should mean it would cost around 385 USD from newegg (or thereabouts) and it will run "EVE in space" flawlessly - far better than what you say you need.
"Future-proofing" is pretty much pointless, because if you take a reference machine you can buy today, in 3 years (give or take a few months), if you exclude the case+PSU (and any fancy cooling system you might want) from your calculations, you can buy a new computer that's 4 times cheaper and has roughly the same performance, or a machine at the same price but 4 times faster and with 4 times larger RAM/HDD.
It's much, MUCH better to get a mid-range (or even slightly below mid-range) machine and keep getting new ones every 2 years or so.
You'll end up spending less money overall AND have accumulated a pile of hardware with at least one (maybe even two) halfway decent fallback machine (or, alternatively, you could even sell them and recover some cash) AND you won't be too far behind whatever the gaming industry is pushing out at the moment, always able to get a pretty decent experience in just about any game out there.
TL;DR - unless you want "a pimp machine", never set your budget much above 600$, preferably just 400$ or so.
And for god's sake, UPGRADE OFTEN (and cheaply).
P.S. 250GB HDD is laughable. My OS-and-apps-only partition (my documents and all installed games are somewhere else) has almost 40GB used. Add a few games, a few movies, some music, and BAM, you're out of HDD space. Besides, why get a 250GB HDD for almost 40$ when you can get almost the same type but in 1TB size with double the cache for just 20$ extra ? Linkage
And you know what ? Get this Radeon HD 6790 for just 140$ : Linkage