BUDGET RANGE: Looking for the build total not to exceed $650, extremely budget, but most of the parts have already been bought
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, main computer for general use
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don't need monitor, keyboard, or mouse. I've already bought the case, HDD, processor, and video card. However, if there are any convincing or well-backed recommendations, I'd return/exchange them for better parts.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer Newegg, bought from them before, always satisfied, but open to any site
PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't Have any parts preferences, they all just have to work together.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (No experience, makes me nervous) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but won't buy second graphics card right away.
Reasonable enough suggestions. The MoBo is a promised Xmas gift, so I'll give both of the MoBos you had named and let her pick, as my original board had been $55, but I didn't realize it didn't support AM3 until she had already bought it. I don't want to ask for a replacement that's too much more expensive, though I can always get cash and make up the difference. Either way, thank you.
Start over (again). Look at your CPU. Yeah it seems cheap fpr $99 and you can overclock but with your budget, you should be able to have a more powerful CPU, at least an X4 925 which would push your GTX 260 much better than the Propus 2.6 Ghz.
As I've said, this is my very first build. Could you point me to a good go-to guide for everything I need to know/do? I found one at pcguide.com, but it hasn't been updated since it was first created, and that was in May of '05. I thought I may need something more current than that...