Kinda hard for you to get Intel unless you want a Core i3. i checked most of the low i5's and still made the build go over. My suggestion. grab a AMD 970 chipset and a Phenom II 1045t and grab a GTX 560 and the hard Drive i can't really tell you right now because no solid deals but a 120gb SSD will suite you well..... and a simple DVD drive from the 20$ rack and a Windows 7 copy. yea should be around the 550-600$ tag
I3 has great reviews and I don't plan on OC. Whatever is gonna be the best being for buck. Future proofing is last on my list. Thank you for your advice.
I mostly need help in compatability and mono options...I tend to get lost in translation. This will be my first build.
You don't need to get the I-series to have a good intel gaming CPU. The G-series are great for gaming, and are socket 1155 as well, so you still have the option of picking up a beefier I-series processor down the road.
One rule of thumb for a game machine: Spend 2-3x as much on your video solution as you spend on your processor. That will give you a more balanced machine where you'll be less bottlenecked by either the CPU or the graphics; they'll top out around the same time.
If you don't want to overclock, that mostly rules out AMD, unfortunately.
here's a quick build you can use as a starting point (prices from newegg):
$80 Pentium G630
$65 ASRock H61ICAFE motherboard
$65 Antec BP550 Plus 550W 80 Plus
$47 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
$55 Rosewill CHALLENGER case
$65 Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD3200AAJS 320GB
$190 MSI N560GTX-M2D1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 ($20 mail in rebate)
Terrific advice from all of you. Gives me a much better understanding on what too look for. Mainly quilciri with the bottlenecking issue was a huge concern for me. With budget the last thing I want is something too powerful. Imma do some searching and post up my build tomorrow.