Need Help With My First Homebuild

Hello all, I've decided that its time to get a more modern pc to start handling newer games that are coming out (specifically BF3). I'm looking at a desktop because it would be the most cost effective option. However, I am not sure what the best course of action would be because I have never built a pc before; I've replaced RAM and a few small bits but never a whole PC. So anyways, heres the components that I'm looking at thus far, please tell me what you think and offer any advice you see fit.


AMD Athlon II X4 645 Quad Core Processor
Manufacturer: AMD
CPU Type: Desktop
Processor Interface: Socket AM3
Processor Class: Athlon II X4
Processor Speed: 3.10GHz
Cores: Quad
L2 Cache: 2 MB
Bus Speed: 2000MHz (4000 MT/s)
Fan: Included
Wattage: 95W
Additional Technologies: MMX, Enhanced 3DNow!, NX bit, AMD64, Cool'n'Quiet, AMD Virtualization
Unlocked Multiplier: No
Instruction Set: SSE

To be honest, thats about as far as I got and then got rather confused. Mainly I'm shooting for a moderate cost PC that would be up to playing new games coming out. Any suggestions for components?

ETA: I'm looking at about 4G RAM, I have a spare HD as well as keyboard, mouse, and monitor. I may also have a case.
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  1. Whats your budget? If its low then I would suggest waiting for Llano. But eitherway a Athlon II X4 wont be able to max out BF3 at any decent resolution.
  2. I would like to keep it under $800 if possible. And I'm not looking to maxout new games, I'd just like to run them comfortably.
  3. $800 without a monitor can buy you a setup MUCH better, however llano is still something to consider for a first build as setup is easier and pretty hard to mess up with.

    Heres a ~$800 build
    2500K + Gigabyte Z68 $329

    HD6950 $200AR

    4GB RAM $39.99

    Antec 650W $65

    Samsung F3 1T $50

    LG Burner $20

    Total: $704 + Case (I would recommend a new one if your old one isn't something higher-end)

    (If you don't care about OCing save ~$33 with this combo with a 2300 instead of 2500K: )
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