So I decided to bite the bullet and officially make the transition from console to PC gamer. I just built the following:
Cooler MasterElite 430 Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec EarthWatts Green Series 650 Watt ATX 12V PS
IntelCore i5 3570K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 Processor
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
Crucial 128 GB SSD
Samsung22x DVDRW Burner SATA
Windows 7 Home Premium
It is awesome. On my previous machine I couldn't run starcraft 2 on anything higher than medium settings at a low resolution, and now its at 1080, ultra settings, 140 fps.
Next goals down the road: learn/experiment with overclock, lookout for monitors for eventual eyefinity setup.
This post was edited on 10/12 at 11:39 am