Need some xmas help with a cheap homebuilt gamer

I need a mobo, cpu, gpu, and ram. I'm looking to spend around $350 and I want it to play games well. Can anyone recommend some parts? ram and mobo are pretty easy, ill go for a cheap gigabyte and some gskill ram.

as far as cpu and gpu go there's a lot more to choose from. It looks like the X3 720 and gts250 might be the best performance for the price but I'm not sure if there's anything to gain or lose from using an nvidia gpu and ati cpu, or if that's even the best combo at the moment.
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  1. Assuming you have a good PSU, meaning Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ at at least 400W...


    Total: 365, before a 10 dollar rebate.
  2. thank you for the help, I have a 430watt thermaltake psu. I was thinking this. Very similar to what you posted

    Something else I was thinking...for only $15 I could get a


    Is there any advantage or disadvantage to running an nvidia gpu on an anti system? would you go with the nvidia? these cards are a good deal faster according to toms charts *about 2k 3dmark*
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