Experience: Beginner (First Time Building Computer)
Time Frame: This Week
Resolution:1440x900 *I'll rarely play on a 32 inch 1920x1080
Games I want to play at at least 50 frames : Starcraft 2, Dragon Age 2, Mass Effect, BattleField 3, Just Cause, etc.
Places I can buy parts from: Newegg, Frys (local), amazon, etc.
Parts I need to buy: everything (including OS) except for monitor, keyboard, mouse
SO this is my first time building a computer. I am not exactly interested in overclocking, crossfiring. I just want to buy parts that won't give me any trouble and will run nice and cool.
batuchka's build is a nice AMD build with a really nice GPU and leaves room for an OS. I just wanted to show that you could build a system with the new sandy bridge CPU's within your range. Even the entry level core i3 2100 seems to be as good or better than the Phenom II X4's for gaming from a lot of the latest reviews/benches. Most games are gonna benefit more from a better GPU than CPU tho.
Yeah, sorry to take us on a Tangent here, BUT..... Most of the guys at Fry's couldn't build a computer to save their lives. I am fortunate to have a MicroCenter near by too. While it's true most of their sales folks don't have a clue either, some are REALLY pretty knowledgeable......