System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Everything except the OS and HDD
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, NCIX, Amazon, or any other trustworthy site.
Parts Preferences: Intel/Nvidia
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: I prefer clean cases. A couple of fans with LEDs would be nice
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I've been a console gamer for years and I want to give PC gaming a try. I would like to be able to play Battlefield 3 on Ultra on 64 man servers. And I would also like to play Skyrim with lots of mods.
I don't really have any parts picked out. I'm not an expert and I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction.
It will easily max out those games you mentioned. It comes in right under your budget and includes a decent 23 inch monitor. Feel free to search around and grab a different monitor. There are far better options out there. Just make sure it is at your preferred resoution (1920x1080).
Oh and if you need an optical drive, just throw a cheap lite-on in there.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
Well, considering the Extreme4 motherboard is nearly $40 more than the Pro3. I think I'm going to go with DeusAres's recommendation. The tweaktown review gives positive feedback for that motherboard.
I'll definitely take a look at the Asus monitor. I'm not a big fan of Acer. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I truly appreciate it.
Oh and I just noticed that you guys included an extra HDD. I stated above that I didn't need one. A 240gb SSD will more than meet my needs. I already have a 2tb Seagate drive here at my house. So, I think I'm going to reuse it.
Once again, thanks for the suggestions. Should be ordering my parts first thing Monday morning.