I'm a casual gamer looking to build my first budget gaming PC. I'd rate my tech level around novice, I've changed hard disks, installed RAM, and performed general upkeep on my current desktop. Also, I helped out a friend who built my current PC for me, so I have a basic understanding of what goes where.
That said, I'm looking to build a budget AMD/ATI PC for some light to medium range gaming. In more detail, I play old DosBox games like Fallout, some early 98/XP titles like the Tomb Raider series, Hitman and TES III Morrowind. The higher-end titles I play are the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, TES IV Oblivion, Fallout 3/New Vegas and Tomb Raider Underworld. I will be running these games on an Asus 24" LCD @1900x1800 native, and Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit and would like some decent FPS.
Outside of gaming I do DVD playback and streaming over NetFlix, as well as web surfing and general computer work.
Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime next week (6/6/2011)
Budget Range: 400-500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Medium Gaming, DVD Playback/Streaming, Web Surfing
Parts Not Required: PS2 Keyboard, Microsoft Optical Mouse, LG DVD-RW, Asus 24" LCD
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, directron.com
Country of Origin: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: AMD Anthlon II series, ATI Radeon HD 5670, Gigabyte/Asus/Asrock/Biostar MoBo, G.Skill/Crucial DDR3 RAM, Seagate/Western Digital HDD
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Budget gaming pc, low to mid range, decent fps on resolution