I'd like to get a new computer for playing Starcraft II and Civilization V. I primarily play games on console (haven't played PC games since Civ IV was new) so I doubt I will be upgrading this much to play other games in the next few years but you never know.
I have a 20" 1600x1200 monitor, as well as keyboard/mouse/DVD drive. But I'm looking to purchase everything else for my new computer.
Ideally I'd spend as little as possible and originally was hoping to get away with $400-$500. But it seems I need to spend more as I don't think I can get hold of a "free" OS and don't want these games to be super lame. So let's say I have a somewhat soft ~$600 budget.
This is what I'm thinking of to get the most bang for my buck since I don't want to spend tons. I'd love feedback on whether or not it makes sense to downgrade or upgrade things or if any of my choices are just dumb. I'm a bit worried if I wait some of these combos will leave me spending more overall but I also don't have to buy anything and could wait 1-3 months if prices may get significantly better for the gpu/cpu.
I'm excited about a new comp so thanks for any help!