So after using my family's Celeron pc for the past couple of years and being frustrated with it in terms of gaming and everything else, I decided to try my hand at building my very first Pc to replace it.
I set myself a budget of around $500 since I just needed to upgrade a few components, or so I thought...
I decided to go with the fx 8350 as it was $60 cheaper than the i5 3570k. I was able to get the Gpu and mobo from eBay for pretty nice prices. The case and ram shipped free at reduced prices so I grabbed those as well.
I was so happy with my total so far that I just decided to add a samsung ssd, the 1TB WD and got the psu for almost half off.
So... I went a little over budget but I'm very happy with it! Playing skyrim with a lot of hd texture mods and still manages around 60 fps. All other games are maxed out as well. The ssd boot times have spoiled me. I don't plan on overclocking the cpu anytime soon so the mobo is fine for me.
In the future I may upgrade to 8gb ram and change to 64 bit Windows, but that would again depend on the budget!