|Below are some of the components that I researched and found to be a great starting point for a PC and had flexibility for future upgrading and add-ons:|
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR XMS 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
When it came to the graphics card it looks like the i5 came with a pretty decent integrated one so I didn't know if I had to purchase a separate one at this time or if that was one of those additional components I could add later on. Also with the motherboard it looks like it had an overclocking ability that I could utilize as well to enhance my Sims 3.
When it came to memory I was looking into a hard drive/SSD combo however at this early point I didn't know if both was really necessary or if I could just get the hard drive. Or would you recommend just a SSD? Also how much would you recommend just starting out?
For the case I wasn't sure if I needed a full tower or if I could go with a mid tower. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of room available for future upgrading but from what I've read it looks like the mid towers could provide that too. I listed my top picks in both areas
Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
Well, I couldn't think of anything else at this time. I appreciate everyone's help with this.
Oh, in case it matters, I would be purchasing most if not all of these parts through Newegg as they have some amazing prices especially when combining multiple items.