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[–] mtn_dewgamefuel 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Give me a few minutes, I'll throw something together on PCPartPicker. You might not be able to use the old Dell case unless it's ATX-spec (if it isn't, you won't be able to buy a motherboard that fits in it).

EDIT:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $176.95 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card $191.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $32.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
Total (before mail-in rebates) $626.38
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $596.38
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-11 12:47 EDT-0400  

You will also need an operating system, so either download a Linux distribution, or buy Windows from /r/microsoftsoftwareswap.

EDIT2:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $108.95 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $32.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer UM.WV6AA.B01 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $27.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
Total (before mail-in rebates) $624.37
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $594.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-11 12:54 EDT-0400  

This one includes a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, but has a less powerful CPU and GPU as a result.

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Wow thank you so much! I have a monitor and keyboard so I think I will go with the first one your awesome!

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[–] Internet_Refugee 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I would've gone with the AMD and Nvidia route, but that's definitely solid.

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[–] Docusate 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'll echo Puddl3glum and say that reusing Dell's case might not be for the best. Check out Newegg's in-house brand for a case. They are cheap and perform fine.

With that low of a price range you will be better off putting the SSD on the back burner. Build what you can and when you get an unexpected $150 you can always slap one in later. DO YOUR RESEARCH ON THEM FIRST! Several brands have debilitating problems.

Unless you plan to edit videos or do some seriously CPU intensive tasks don't even consider an Intel I7. I may get shit for this but I wouldn't consider any of AMD's CPUs.

Graphics Card wise I'll let someone else suggest something but this is where your budget is going to really show. $600 is a bit cheap for a gaming rig. If you want something to last at least 2 years without an upgrade you'll need at least $800. 1 grand to make it sweet. For your gaming rig the lack of money to spend on a graphics card will be your biggest limitation. But do your homework and don't skimp on anything else and you can easily replace your graphics card at a later time.

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I just got into grad school so the stipend will help with the upgrades nicely! Just needed a base to get started then the upgrading won't be that much of a worry soon.

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[–] TheRaisinBran 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You might want to look at /v/buildapc

And I know this is counter-intuitive, but there are a lot of good resources on the reddit version of that sub. Some that I can think of are this and this. But after looking at those sites I looked at reviews of parts a ton and also other people's builds to get a feel for what everyone was using at the time. Hope that helps!

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thank you so much guys. My first attempt at getting help on reddit never got the responses I got here thanks alot!

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[–] Puddl3glum 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Do we have a /v/buildapcforme yet? I can't help you, but you might want to check it out. Or even /r/buildapcforme (they're good people).

I will say that I planned on using an old Dell case when I built mine, but when I looked at the parts and everything, I saw it was just better to spend the money on a new, large case. The parts that I bought wouldn't fit in a Dell case, and any serious gaming parts won't either. It's easier to build in, it's got great cooling space, and even if you don't have the best parts now, it's still good to be able to upgrade.