I have about $700.00. I was thinking of building a gaming PC's. I don't have any of the parts, other than the monitor. I have a 24 inch Asus 1080p monitor that I got for Christmas this year.
I am trying to primarily game on the machine. I am looking to play pretty much everything available. I am not really interested in making an absolute beast (hence the budget, lol), but something that works quite well with everything on the market right now and looks significantly better than the available gaming consoles.
I would appreciate any insight that you guys can provide.
Side question, would it be better to get a 6-core processor instead of a quad?
Optical drives do not matter at all, get the absolute cheapest you can possibly find. I would personally save up a bit and get a more powerful CPU, the i3 is great and all, but it is only a dual core, which is becoming fairly outdated compared to the i5s. If you can save up a bit and get an i5, it will definitely be worth it.
If you only have 700 to spend, AMD is great. Before you start spending a lot more, AMD tends to beat out Intel for cost/value. I got my 8320 for $130 last week at MicroCenter, and they often have great motherboard combos, too.