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As you can tell I am one of those people who put off buying a computer because I hate to buy something only to have it be outdated in 6 months. I always wait for the new technology to come out only to pass on making the purchase for the above reason. Well I'm ready to actually do it this time with the expressed desire to play the Total War series on the highest possible settings.
My favorite game is Medieval 2 and I haven't played any since because frankly my computer can't handle it. I have an AMD 3500+, 2 gb DDR2, G-Force 6600 AGP graphics card and a 80 gb hard drive (sad I know). As you can tell I have nothing that I can carry over from my old PC. I know some things about the new technology out there but nothing as to how it applies to the total war series. I don't want to overspend on parts that I don't necessarily need (i.e. buying a GTX 570 when a 470 would have done the job). In summary:
Goal: To be able to play the total war series (including Shogun 2) on max settings. I would like the ability to edit home movies and burn them to DVD but not required.
What I have: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, 22" Acer LCD monitor.
Budget: $1500 but I would be willing to go up to $1750.
Obviously if a $1000 rig would do the job that would be fine by me. I would like this computer to be capable for at least a couple of years. Any recommendations the community could give me would be extremely appreciated. If any additional information is needed just let me know.