Budget Range: 600-700, including the price of an OS (Windows 7 Home)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Skyrim-level gaming,) internet browsing
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything reputable, probably Newegg.
Country: United States
Overclocking: I dont quite know what this is or how to do it (some type of performance gain?) so probably not.
SLI or Crossfire: No idea what this is either
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900
So this is my first time building a PC, and will be my first time owning a PC with more than 1GB ram and without Integrated Graphics (my mother has bought my PCs until now as birthday presents and such. She isnt very good at choosing.) I was thinking of just following this build here: http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2012/02/600-gaming-pc-feb... but I think it would be better if I had 8GB of RAM? Also, I have an emachines monitor from about 2 years ago. Monitors are pretty much the same these days, so I dont need to get one thats "compatible" or anything, right?
I've looked up a lot of budget gaming PCs builds, but a lot of them seemed like they were half-assing it a bit too much. And most of them are from 2009 to early 2011, so I doubt I should be following them anymore. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, is there really any differences between Radeon and NVIDIA? Or is it really just a performance arms race between them?
I may be willing to spend up to 800, but I really doubt I will unless it's really worth it.
Edit: After reading the second sticky, I may go with this.
$750 - Budget - $779.92 w/o Rebates $759.92 with Rebates