Hey everyone, I'm not to the forums and I'm definitely a noob when it comes to PC building. With that said I've been told that it isn't rocket science either and a buddy of mine recommended me this forum.
I realize that for $400 I won't be able to build a high-end gaming PC, but I'm not planning on playing most games on Ultra High settings either and can't really go much over that budget.
Here's all the info:
Approximate Purchase Date: middle of this month (February 2012)
Budget Range:: $400-$450
System Usage: gaming (mainly), internet browsing, work
Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse,monitor(will upgrade it later),speakers, Windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com,amazon.com
Parts Preferences: Currently my LCD's resolution is 1280x1024 but in the future i might upgrade to a monitor with 1680x1050, please recommend a good but inexpensive hard drive (doesn't need more than 500GB), apart from that a good Nvdia GPU (in this price range), I assume 4GB of ram should be enough.
Overclocking: No, maybe in the future (too noob for that now)
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 - will upgrade to 1680x1050 in the future
Additional Comments: I want to be able to play most modern games on high settings (if the budget allows it). Some of them will be: Killing Floor, Skyrim, Fallout 3, COD
The CPU's APU (Onboard GPU) will last you a while @ 1280x1024. Until you can actually get an actual GPU like a 6870 or something. The onboard 6550D will defiantly be fine for the games you plan to run. Here's a review of the 3870K I recommended. http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1365/pg6/amd-fusi...
As stated, playable @ 1280x1024 in the review.
Total after rebates, but before shipping - $442.92.
Unfortunately I could not fit a decent Nvidia card into this budget. The equivalent in this case would be the 550 Ti. There is also no such thing as a cheap hard drive right now due to the shortage. You can Google search for the reason for the shortage if you want. There are other brands of hard drives for a few dollars cheaper, but WD is worth the extra few.
When you get more money, you can get a faster processor first. A Core i5-2400 would be nice. And the power supply will still allow a minor upgrade in the video card. Note on these charts the processors and video cards 3 levels up from the ones I quote. Those will be your next target.
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
That's what I would pick for around 450$. You have a high quality case and PSU as start along with the new FX 4130. Motherboard is good enough with all solid caps, USB & Sata III plus it's fully upgradeable to the newest CPUs AMD will produce! GPU is enough for playing the games you listed at your current resolution. It won't be enough for 1080p though so it must be replaced when you change your monitor!