Originally Posted by Deck the skyfalls
I'm looking to build a cheap but powerful computer. Only for gaming, literally. I have a pretty basic (Microsoft A+ certified) knowledge of computers, but different brands names or features escape me.
I'd like to only have to buy: nice motherboard, cheap tower, nice graphics card, cheap HDD, cheap monitor, cheap speakers, nice RAM.
I see people posting their build but it's kind of over my head. anyone suggest a good brand or website that is helpful? I've only browsed newegg so far.
edit: I'd like to max at $1000. maybe a little over
Depends. You'll also need a solid CPU as well. Cheap and affordable are doable, but efficiency and price/performance? How many FPS are you looking for in your games? 40 - 60 FPS? 60+? Will you overclock or no? As for brands, ASUS and Gigabyte are good motherboard manufacturers, but I've heard ASUS customer support is mediocre. As for as RAM goes, Corsair, Kingston, and G.Skill are good brands. You'll also need a good power supply to power the computer. Corsair and Seasonic are reputable brands in that space.
The processor and graphics card are probably where you'll be spending the bulk of your money. There are two main processor manufacturers - Intel and AMD. Intel provides a lot of high-end processors while AMD provides solid price/performance. As for video cards, again, there are two major ones - AMD's Radeon series and nVidia's Geforce series. When dealing with current generation AMD cards, they tend to use a lot of power but for their performance, they tend to be a bit more affordable than nVidia. nVidia's current cards are power efficient, but for the performance, they tend to be a bit more expensive than AMD.
As for brands, ASUS is again a solid GPU vendor, but their customer service is mediocre. For AMD, Sapphire and XFX seem to be popular ones, while for nVidia, it's EVGA. For your budget, I'd say a $300 card is doable, and in that range, the 660 TI from nVidia and the 7950 from AMD are within reach.
Really, though, you'd have to be more specific. I was in your shoes a few months back, actually. I've done a lot of research since then, and I have the majority of my build (sans graphics card) already.