System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly just surfing the net and playing old games, want to at least have the option of playing new games like black ops and the new elder scrolls, but i am not concerned with getting high settings, i just want things to look nice and run smooth
Parts Not Required: budget covers case and everything inside
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is the only site i have used but i have heard good things about tiger direct as well
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I always used amd in the past to get the most for my budget, are they still the way to go if you don't have much to spend?
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
Monitor Resolution: not really sure i guess
Additional Comments: I guess I mostly just don't know where to start, I'm just looking for a rough idea of what I need. Can a quad core handle everything well enough? Is it worth it to get a small SSD for a boot drive and my most used programs like web browsers? How much of my budget should I spend on a video card, and if I only spend enough for a budget GPU will I be wasting my CPU because I can't run anything anyway?
I should also note that I want a full sized case and a full sized mb because my hands are big and clumsy.