Since decades now I buy a new computer every two years. I give my wife the 2-year old PC, and throw out her 4-year old one. The 2-year cycle used to be determined by the speed of technological development, and a necessity to play the latest games. That stopped to be strictly necessary a few years ago, but I'm keeping up the cycle out of self-indulgence. So I just ordered a new computer with the following specs:
Core i7 2600k 3.4G processor
8 GB DDR3 RAM
Asus P8P67 motherboard
Geforce GTX 570 graphics card (1280 MB memory)
2 x 120 GB Vertex SSD HD in Raid 0
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black HD
DVD recorder 12x SATA
NZXT Tempest Evo case
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
The most visible speed improvement of this new computer will be the 240 GB solid state hard drive as the system drive. Whenever you actually wait for your computer to do something, like booting up, chances are the hard drive is the speed limiting factor these days. Solid state drives are still rather expensive (the 2 TB regular hard drive costs only 30% of the 240 GB SSD), but easily cut boot time in half. And I took one big enough to enable me to put some games on it, reducing load times.
I also asked specifically for a larger case this time. The previous computer only had 8" of space for the graphics card, and the newer cards can be 10" to 12" long. That came to haunt me when I wanted to upgrade my graphics card, so this time I wanted to make sure I have room for improvement. Literally.
The CPU and graphics card are rather high-end. Which is a bit silly if I consider what kind of games I'm currently playing or planning to play. This is way beyond the system requirements for SWTOR. But with computers being my main hobby, I might as well spoil myself. So what do you think of this system configuration?