Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, i7 930? ~$300. AMD seems better for price? $200 one maybe?
Graphics:Radeon HD 5800 Series (30, 50 is much better, 70 even) ~$300 as well. Dedicated ram? (I don't fully understand dedicated ram yet). Other suggestions here would be good. Not sure if I want to get into Crossfire since we don't know if those issues will be fixed, right?
8 Gigs of Ram, 6 if 8 is more than ~$300. I probably won't need 8, will I?
6 Core - I've seen people here saying a 6 core is much better, is it worth the price? What is the price?
Good heat sinks and fans, will run long and hot with games. No clue about these bits and pieces. Or prices.
Power source - need some real help here, I haven't a clue.
1TB, but less if it costs a good deal less. I don't put movies or anything on my computer, so I'll cut costs on this.
Processor: If you're not on a tight budget, go with the i7.
GPU: If you're planning on playing on low-med settings, 5830 is fine. If you want to play on higher settings, go with the 5850 or 5870. And don't worry about dedicated RAM.
RAM: 6Gb is plenty. 8 is overkill at this moment. ****, even 4Gb is enough.
Heat sinks and fans already come with the CPU and video card. Don't worry about it. You only need to buy better ones if you're planning on overclocking (which you don't need to worry about right now).
Power supply: My suggestion is about 650W if you're using an HD 5730. 700W if you're using 5850. 750W if you're using 5870.
Hard drive: 1Tb is way, WAY more than enough if you're not storing plenty of music, movies, and ****. 500Gb is already plenty.
Also, my sister needs to upgrade hers, she wants to spend under $600. It's about 4 years old and is Vista... don't know the specs offhand, but it runs ME2 and Dragon Age passably... She'll need a bit more Ram (will harvesting ram from my old computer work? It's old DDR3, so might not be beneficial, but could add another gig or so. I think she has 3 gigs currently.) She needs a new processor, definitely, and a new graphics card. Her computer is quad core. Will she need a new power supply too? I'm not giving much to go on, I know. Her computer was store-bought. Would it end up being cheaper just to get a whole new computer that will run the game on average settings?
Thanks for the help!
Thanks for the help!
Need more info on her computer before I can recommend any upgrades. Motherboard? CPU? GPU? RAM? PSU?