The problem is onboard graphics are just not up to handling games on a decent monitor. The old 1024x768 CRTs only needed about about 1/3rd as much graphics card power as new 1920x1080 widescreen LCDs. For any significant level of graphics detail when gaming you need to budget $100-200 for a graphics card.
I like that. The reason I asked here is because you guys are a lot more knowledgeable than I am, and it shows here. I do have a CD burner that still works, so that's $22 from that build. I've also got an Antec Earthwatts 350 PSU that is fairly new, could I use that instead? My monitor is a Samsung something or other with 1600 x 900 res, and I'd like to be able to use it all.
Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate the help and advice.
Power supplies loose capacity with use and as they age. If you are close to capacity when its new, it can start causing flakey problems and ultimately failing a year or two down the road. I think its foolish to recommend someone to buy a new PSU where its a possibility have such a problem.
Thanks guys. Ordered the parts Friday, hope to have it in hand by Tuesday or so. I went with the 240 GT, it will allow me to do what I need it to now, and I can upgrade the psu and video card later. Appreciate all the help.