Originally Posted by TheSandman
no monitor included, the reason being in the attic here is my old 23in CRT that does 2048x1536 im just to lazy to go get it, along with an old Logitech LX-3 optical mouse, and a Microsoft Media board from 2003 that still work, so just a tower
Okay, then. This means you'll be able to get a much more potent rig. Bear in mind, though, with this budget you aren't gonna be able to play at max. settings due to the resolution being quite a bit higher than 1920x1200. CRTs take resolution changes better, though, so I recommend you lower them to 1600x1200. Take a look at this:
SAMSUNG SH-S223C DVD+RW Drive
HEC Blitz Case
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
ASUS M3A770DE Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768MB (Refurb)
Antec EarthWatts EA-380D PSU
Team Xtreem Dark 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
AMD Phenom II X4 925
PCI-E-to-2x Molex adapter
This is as fast as you're gonna get for the price if you can use a refurb GPU. Don't settle for an Athlon. They over-clock lower and the 6MB L3 cache will give you a performance boost of 10% in games in comparison to no L3. The GTX 460 768MB is just fine for 1600x1200 and is only 3% slower than a Radeon HD 6850 at 1680x1050. They both OC about the same and you'll be able to get very close to a GTX 560 Ti at max. OC. If you go for a lower end CPU, you automatically lose 10% performance in games, so lowering to get a 6850 into the budget won't make much sense since they're so close in performance. The RAM will allow you to get good over-clocks, and the motherboard is one of the few budget boards I'd recommend for a decent OC. The case has tons of features for the price and the PSU will be able to handle the GPU and CPU both over-clocked.
PS: the adapter is because the GTX 460 doesn't come with one.