I'm thinking about the possibility of a gaming rig of no more than $400 as a substitute for PS3 or Xbox 360, I know It's a small amount of money but I already have a hard drive, monitor, windows 7,optical drive, keyboard, mouse, speaker and all the accessories so all the $ can go into the meaty stuff.
The last time I built a rig was 8 years ago so I'm not exactly up-to-date with the current hardwares. I games I will most likely to play are some big titles from several years ago that I always wanted to try, like GTA4, Fallout new vegas, LA noire, NFS shift 2,Red Dead Redemption, Dirt 3, portal 2 etc as well as some new and upcoming ones. The games will be run at 1920x1080, medium quality is fine with me but of course higher is better. I'm in a smallish town so I'll buy all parts from amazon or newegg.
So that's $300-$400 for CPU, Memory, Graphic Card, Motherboard, Power supply and a case, I'm open to suggestions so anything goes. Thanks in advance!