At this time, I only have around $500 to spend. That may change depending on if some items I have on eBay sell. On the high end I may have around $700 to spend.
The PC I currently have is ridiculously old (8 years). I'm barely running games like Team Fortress 2 with a 2 GHz Pentium 4, 512 MB Ram, and Radeon 9600. I tried running Starcraft II and no joke, it took about 30 mins to load. The MOBO is so old that it doesn't even have any PCI-E slots. So, pretty much anything will be better than what I have now.
This will be my first build ever, and I'm very excited to finally be able to blame my sucking at TF2 at myself, instead of my PC.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but it doesn't have to be on the highest settings.
Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month
Budget Range: $500 - possibly $700
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I wouldn't use it initially, but I would like to be able to upgrade later
Monitor Resolution:Dell 2405FPW (highest resolution is 1920 x 1200) & Dell 171EFPB (highest resolution is 1280 x 1024, also I think it's VGA only)
Additional Comments: I am willing to wait for any possible Black Friday sales. Most of the budget gaming PCs I've seen on these forums tend to be around $1000, but I'm willing to use older tech as long as I have the possibility of upgrading later. I would like to use this with both monitors. The games that I'm planning on playing include TF2, L4D2, and SC2.
Come back when you have all the $$$, we really need to know your budget exactly, there's quite a difference between a $500 and a $700 gaming PC. Also Newegg changes the combo deals at the beginning of each month. This is in the middle of your budget:
i'd second most of what is posted here. built my first system on asrock and had no problems, good budget idea. only read great things about the 460 too, and for the price...i'm tempted to put two of them in my system to replace my gtx 280. i've been buying intel chips, but absolutely, look for amd chips for budget. only heard good things about g-skill too. that's what i'll be using in my next build. the antec 900 is the case half the world owns it seems, and i think it's $99 right now if you find a few more bucks. i didn't even look at the destroyer case yet, but i'm just imaging the antec 900 would be better than anything from rosewill if you found a few extra bucks in the budget.