Parts Preferences: Cheaper the better so maybe AMD for Cpu and Gpu, but intel and nvidia are preferred if it can fit in budget.
SLI or Crossfire: no
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or medium to high resolutions
Additional Comments: ITX sized small form factor gaming pc would be great, but if a regular atx sized board and case is cheaper than so be it. Im building my friend a pc. He only plays minecraft, league of legends, and diablo 3. So a high end pc isnt necessary. Barebones itx pc look cool too, but again price is everything.
if youre buying at christmas time, wait til around november-december for the good price drops to hit.
plus i bet new hardware will be coming out, so wait for the good prices. (:
from what i have read, amd is not the way to go for cheap. (unless youre building an amd apu build.) i went with the Pentium G850, which allows me to upgrade to the i5/i7 later down the road when i feel like doing so.
this is my build. only $401, that will leave room for the other minor things you need (OS, keyboard, mouse, etc).
I don't get it. If you aren't buying it until Christmas, why are you planning it out now? In any case, since you have time to spare, you should just check the Newegg Shell Shocker deals until something you want comes up then try to get a good combo with it. In the past couple of weeks I've gotten:
PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK II 750W
8GB Patriot Gamer 2 1333
ASRock Extreme4 Z77
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB Hard Drive
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Case