So this time around I believe I'm ready to upgrade, I've built one PC before, and that little jerkoff has lasted me awhile now. Around a year and a half to two years ago I built a budget PC. AMD athalon 3800+ 2.4ghz processer, M2N SLI Deluxe motherboard, 2gigs DDR2 ram, 320gig 7500rpm seagate harddrive (Forgot what), and a sapphire radeon 850XT video card.
That rig was when the 7900's were still $500 a piece, and my old PC altogether cost $850, and still plays any game coming out today, although right now with the new blood of Crysis and Oblivion, those two games were the first to push my computer to running something on medium to minimum quality.
And... Farcry 2 has just come out, I'm ready to upgrade and get all the DX10 capabilities, and I'm fully ready to shell out the cash for one, anyone have a good performance build for $2000?
Are you planning on getting a new monitor too or using an old one? The screen size/resolution is going to be a huge factor in any recommendations.
You're probably better off first looking at FarCry 2 benchmarks and taking note of the system specs used. Then, check out some $2k builds around here and other forums and make a list for yourself and update your post. Then we can help more.
Though I would recommend what Morgan was saying and that doing a small upgrade now and waiting until next year to do the full build, once Nehalem is more mainstream.