Ok, so its been about 4 year since I've looked into building a computer. I haven't kept up with the industry very well in that time. So what do I need to know to build myself a current gaming rig and can a good one be built for less than 1k?
Yes sir you can, I just built a system this december for under $550 shipped.
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
BIOSTAR TA770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD
EVGA 512-P3-N971-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX
Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port
G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
HP 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DVD1070i
Newegg.com is your friend. I haven't run across a game that I can't play yet. And I haven't even gotten into looking at what this would do if I overclocked it.