Ok, so I have my motherboard, HDD, ODD, RAM (2GB 800MHZ),Computer case, power supply and OS. And I'm not going to discuss these right now, the problem is the CPU and Graphics card. I'm looking at a Radeon HD 3870 512MB graphics card from Newegg for $99. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102752). I saw the benchmark for this card running Assasins Creed from here. It scored 61.30 FPS (1280x1024, 0xAA, Trilinear, max. Quality) . I was looking at the Intel Pentium E2200 Allendale 2.2GHz (Dual Core) and the Intel Celeron E1200 1.6GHz (Dual Core). How much will this effect me if I choose the Celeron instead of the Pentium? Please if you can, in detail. What ever you have to say to make your point or whatever, I'm all ears.
You know for $15 more the E5200 would be a major improvement over either proc. Check on Newegg and compare. Same can be said about video card. $10 will get you an 8800gt. One step above 3870. Just my two cents.
If you have that tight of a budget I go with what is cheapest. Maybe drop down to 3850 or 9600 gt. And buy the E5200. That celeron just doesn't have enough horsepower. Even with dual core. I'm thinking bottleneck. If you're gaming at that resolution, the cpu will work harder than the video card. The E5200 should make up the difference. But if you insist on your original choice E2200 no doubt.
I agree with englandr753. Wait until you can get decent hardware. If you cheap out you will be dissapointed. Something else to consider Tom's hardware tests graphics cards using, I think, a X6800. Dual core and 3.0ghz.
Either way, if you plan on upgrading make sure you have an "okay" budget. If its too tight, cheap components you get might not even be that much of an upgrade to what you have already (and it's not worth the hassle in that case).
Just some questions ....
1.) What do you plan on using it for?
2.) What size LCD or Monitor will you use?
3.) Do you have an OS or will you be picking one out for this system?
4.) How much is your budget for both the CPU and the Video Card?