So I set a $400 budget for myself, and here's what I've purchased so far...
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99)
Memory: A-Data Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($4.99)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99)
Case: Antec VSK-4000 ($19.99)
Storage: Western Digital HDD 7200; 320GB; SATA II ($39.99)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX ($0.00 Free with FX 6300 @ Microcenter)
Other: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound ($0.00 Free from helping friend with build)
Total so far: $240.94
What I need help with is choosing a decent CPU cooler if the stock one is inadequate, and a video card.
I've installed the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in a friend's pc, and was impressed how well it cooled his A10-5800K@4.4GHz. I only plan on doing light OCing though. Would the stock fan with Arctic Silver 5 work ok? I only hear terrible things about them...
As far as video cards go, I've been looking at the Radeon HD 7770. I'm only going to need something to run games at 720p. (18.5" Dell Monitor) Would this run FarCry 3 and Borderlands 2 smoothly? Is there an alternative Nvidia card in the same price/performance range?
I know my parts arent the best. I'd have prefered a 990 series MOBO, SSD, 1866 RAM, etc... but honestly I'm not looking for a future-proofed machine that will run my games in eyefinity. (though I would love that eventually)