I've been told building a desktop is better and a little bit more cheaper than buying a brand-new one. I have zero knowledge on building a desktop, and know nothing about any of the parts.
Basically I'm looking for a decent gaming build, for normal games like left for dead, gta, etc. On normal/mid graphics with little to no lag. My budget is strictly 800$, I also need a monitor. Little things like keyboard and mouse are no problem and can be bought later. Since I'm completely new at this, if possible to link me to a good video of building a computer so I don't screw up.
Approximate Purchase Date: Before April
Budget Range: 750-800$
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming only.
Parts Not Required: I don't need a mouse or keyboard.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com Amazon.com.
Country: North America
Parts Preferences: by brand or type No knowledge, whatever will work best with my budget.
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is.
Monitor Resolution: -
Additional Comments: I would prefer Windows 8 over 7.
You could probably swap the CPU for a Phenom II - that should get you enough to grab a copy of Windows for under $800. If you're a student, it's likely you could get a copy for free/heavily discounted depending on the school you go to.