Okay, I've never built a PC before and Next Gen consoles didn't impress me at all. I was at my friends house playing Killzone and Call of Duty and they didn't look that great and I'm sick of console gaming in general.
I have a job so money isn't that much of an issue but I'd prefer to keep it near $800, I could go to the $900 range if it helps performance considerably though. For the present I would like to be able to play a moderately modded skyrim until new stuff comes out.
I have no clue as to what parts are comparable with what which is pretty much the main issue. My monitor/TV is only 20 inches which I'm fine with and I don't really care about playing above normal resolution, I do want the highest graphics possible though.
I also want a decent sized PSU to save me having to buy a new one in the future, maybe a 650 watt one, I don't plan on doing SLI due to electrical bills, a disc drive is also mandatory as are a couple USB ports for my keyboard and mouse, I don't care about aesthetics of the case either.
Basically I just want something that can run at least 20% faster than the next gen consoles so it can be competitive for the next 3 years or so until I get a new GPU.
Also... one quick question. I read that AMD processors have more cores than Intels so wouldn't that be preferable to Intel's offerings seeing as the consoles have 8 cores as well?
Anyways yeah, I'm kinda clueless about all of this and would appreciate any help.
AMD CPUs are not currently better than Intel. Intel CPUs have much better peformance/core and are generally considered the best as of right now. This may change soon with the introduction of Mantle (special software for AMD) and newer games using more cores.