Alright man, here's my recommendation for your system:
CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3000: $175
Motherboard- Asus K8V SE Deluxe: $115
RAM- 1 GB (2x512 MB) Corsair XMS PC3200: $228
Hard Drive- Western Digital 120 GB 7200 RPM SATA: $93
Video Card- eVGA nVidia 6800: $283
Optical Drive- Sony DVD/CD-RW Combo 52x32x52x16: $41
Case- Antec Sonata 380W: $99
For a grand total of $1034. I realize it is a little bit over the $1000 budget, but if you could save a little bit longer, that would be a really sweet set up.
:::EDIT::: That would beat the crap out of the set up you saw in the magazine.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me". -John 14:6