Okay, my suggestion:
Athlon II x2 250 - $61 shipped
BIOSTAR N68S3+ - $40 shipped
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 - $40 shipped [cheapest on market] <<hurry, deal on this ends very soon!
PNY 9800GT Green Edition - $55 + $7 shipping
- $35 shipped [amazon]Antec BP430
- $35 shipped after promo/$20 ARSamsung F3 500GB [Recertified]
- $29 + $7 shipping$295 + shipping
The rebate on the Antec PSU should get you some $20 back in around 6 weeks and you'll have an excellent ~$280 PC
The shipping costs may put it slightly above $300 (Newegg combines shipping costs on multiple items where the shipping has cost) but I say it's close enough, and GREAT build for price
The Athlon II x2 will outperform or perform the same as a Phenom x4 in most apps as long as the clock speed has a big enough advantage (3Ghz vs 2.4Ghz; overclock this to some 3.5Ghz and you win), while doing so at half the TDP. In gaming the clock speed will make it shine a lot. 4GB of DDR3 is the way to go for nice and fast multitasking ability, and this 1600Mhz kit is a good deal right now. The 9800GT Green Edition is a decent card with not a huge power requirement (no 6-pin PCI-E connector), and can actually be overclocked pretty decently. The NZXT Gamma is a GREAT case for price lately. Comes with decent 120MM fan setup, black interior, bottom PSU mounting, plenty of space, good cable management, great airflow & expandability. The Antec PSU is of good quality for this build and will be able to hold it together. The Samsung F3 hard drive is very fast, faster than your average 7200RPM.
I hope I'm not missing anything Edited by xd_1771 - 5/2/11 at 4:54pm