I've decided to build a computer, but the amount of information out there is rather overwhelming. I was hoping to get some advice, seeing as I haven't done this before. I've looked around and don't know which direction to head in. At this time, I am open for about anything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Orange Box, WoW, Civ V), watching movies, internet
Parts Not Required: OS, mouse, keyboard, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Additional Comments: I would like it to be future proof to some degree.
Here's a build that comes with a couple bucks of your target budget that allows for future upgrades. A Hyper 212+ CPU Cooler can be added (now or later) for $32 (amazon.com) to allow for a nice overclock to around 4.5GHz. Down the road, a 2nd HD 5850 can be added for improved gaming performance (note that it will require a PSU upgrade as well, something in the 650watt range with four 6-pin PCIe connectors). For $40 more you could go with 8GB of memory off the bat (you don't need it for gaming), or you can simply add an up to 8GB later for 12GB total, in needed.