Originally Posted by WaterMelnKidd
AMD Athlon II X4 640 - $100
ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 - $100
GTS 250 1GB - $80 (Approximate)
You should be able to get 2GB of RAM for about $20 online or from a local shop, if you aren't overclocking it will be fine.
Did you just recommend your rig? (-: I actually mostly agree.
Id look at going with a board with 8+2 power over the 8+1. Maybe save a few bucks on the athlon x4 and go for the x3 and hope to get lucky and unlock. Going with this combo will allow for an upgrade a year-2 years down the road up to the big chips we see today for the same price point.
As for ram look for a 2x2gb kit of 1600 mhz. I'd normally say go with 2x4gb kit but to save money in this build heres a place to save ~$50 and later down the road you could stick a 2x4gb kit in and you'd be at 12gb and I'm sure that would be a lovely place to be.
As for gfx card id look for a 5000 series ATI, just my personal choice... vid cards are not my strongest suit... there are plenty of great options out there... I work on the belief of not spending more than $150 ever... and right now I am waiting for the 5770's to drop below $100 before I purchase. My mobo is running my 47" 1080p screen pretty well. I do have some dropped frames and games don't run amazing but its enough for me to wait it out.