So I am taking the big leap and buying a gaming PC. I need help picking parts. I am on a low to medium budget yet want a big bang for my buck. I want to be able to play crysis 3 and Battlefield 3 on max and if not very high settings. Can anyone suggest me a build? P.S. if you can throw in a mini-ATX that would be cool and if you can't at least a really bad ass ATX mid tower would be fine. Thanks!
EDIT: My budget is anywhere from $500 to $850. The lower the better.
EDIT: For CPU my main prefrence is an AMD 6300 or an 8350 but you guys are the experts.
EDIT: I'm really digging the BitFenix Prodigy BFC-Pro-300-RRXKR-RP Fire red Steel case. It looks really cool and also it is really small which is a major plus for me so can anybody tell me what they think about it and if i should use it or not in my budget build?
Lort's suggestions seems sound. It will run all the things you want to run at reasonably impressive settings without breaking the bank.
I personally think the GTX 660Ti is a nice choice, I have it's baby brother in the GTX 560Ti and it can still run pretty much everything I toss at it at high/very high settings at 1080p without issues. This being said, if you prefer an AMD GPU then go ahead and trade it out for something at a similar price. It's purely a subjective thing, but I do tend to find the performance of the NVIDIAs a little smoother, however.
I too would go for an AMD build though; much better bang for the buck there. As more and more games are able to utilise more cores as time progresses, in a years time you may find the FX-6300 and FX-8350 comparing more and more favourably to the single threaded i5s.
Love the Antec cases - good value for money and always look decent.