So, orginally I was going to buy a prebuilt pc; however, I decided I should try and build one.
I already have a ps3 and xbox 360, so I won't be using it to play many games. However, I will be playing RTS game. Also, I would like this to be used as a media center (streaming music and movies to my Onkyo receiver). I have a few thousand invested in a home theater and believe that this will add to my experience. The monitor, keyboard, and mouse is not included in this budget.
How does this look? Many items come from Newegg's sale...
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
ASUS Radeon HD 6870 EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5 Video Card with Eyefinity
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$189.99 ---> 169.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black Computer Case
$59.99 ---> 49.99
Recertified: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy