So I'm close to building a PC, but I'm working on a budget of about $500-$700 with a hard cap at $700, especially if I'm going to act on any deals immediately. Therefore, I asked two of my close friends who have much more experience with these situations about what they would do. I have a mouse, keyboard and TV I can use as a monitor with plans to buy a monitor later after another paycheck or two.
First friend (A) gave me this PCPP list, noting that he prefers intel processors, I need 8 gigs of ram minimum, and what he believes is a solid graphics card.
My other friend (B) suggested buying one of these two grahpics cards with a preference for the 7870. Additionally, he has no issue with AMD processors and suggested I buy AMD instead. He also believes buying Radeon (AMD owned) with intel isn't ideal, and I should go with Nvidia.
F(A) responded saying the AMD card suggested is fine and if I wanted to spend the extra $40, go with an i5 processor.
So I wouldn't mind spending the extra $40 for the i5, but I have no idea what to do with the graphics card. I am open to pretty much anything, I just want it to work and to be able to play some games. Any advice is appreciated as I don't know what to do.
EDIT: Now with links