haha ok bring me down to earth here.. I'm willing to spend around $400. My hdtv is around a 42" i believe..
how is it that the xbox is able to play games like farcry 2 with ease on hdtvs and PCs cannot??
You can not compare games played on PC vs the same games on a console. Trade offs are made in visual fidelity for the limited resources that define the consoles. Console games don't have visual settings, the game is tuned to play on 1080p and whatever visual settings consistently provide a decent framerate, are the ones the developer hard codes. Setting the visual settings to high on a game such as Far Cry2 on a PC and comparing them to the settings for the console is just not possible. The PC will consistently give the highest visual experience if you have the hardware to accommodate them.