I bought an Xbox during thanksgiving but did not feel good about paying $350 for substandard hardware so I returned it and set off to build my own gaming PC for about the same price. I was lucky to find deals that all lined up together!
Got processor for $89 + Tax from Micro Center. Motherboard was open box for $44. Micro center had combo deal ($40 off motherboard when processor is bought so got the motherboard for $4!). Ram from Amazon. HDD from bestbuy price matched to microcenter. Video card, used from craigslist. It is actually a reference HD 7950 card from AMD. Did not have a choice for that on this website so picked the XFX one with the closest clock. This card is equivalent to the R9 280. Case from Frys for $36 - $10 mail in rebate. Power supply from newegg for $60 - $20 mail in rebate.