alright, Im going to build a desktop for my fiance real soon, as soon as I figure out what the right stuff is to order, I will order it. she is really ONLY going to use it to play with her photos with photoshop, and store them on the internal hard drive (I also got her a 320gb external and she might burn cds for each album or something) but we have a PS3 and she doesnt even play that, and if she does play games it will be things like worms, or bejeweled, etc... so the integrated graphics will completely handle her gaming needs. now I think the cpu and ram is more important for editing photos personally but people tell me to get a good gpu. these are people who dont know what they are talking about though, I would like to hear from someone who does. I just figure since it is a static image that she is basically applying different filters too and not a constantly refreshing, crazy 3D environment being rendered that the GPU wasnt important. right now she has a laptop with a turion MK 36, 1 gb ddr2 and Nvidia graphics(integrated), and she is lately complaining about its speed, but for a while she was more than fine with it(not too far back, so this desktop doesnt have to be spectacular or anything) ok, so here is what I was thinking MOBO - ASUS M4N68T-M V2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131669 - $50 CPU - AMD Phenom II X3 740 Black Edition - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699 - $89 OR AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846 - $91 I have read of being able to unlock the 4th core (or the 3rd and 4th on the x2). they are priced basically the same, and one has a clock speed of 200MHz higher but I heard that sometimes the unlocked cores arent always stable. now if I ended up not unlocking the cores, I would rather it be a tad bit slower triple core than a tad bit faster dual core, am I thinking correctly? HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - $55 RAM - (2x for 8GB) Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226094 - $114 DVDR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 - $17 CASE - APEX PC-389-C - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095 - $20 thats about 345 bucks. I already have a mouse and KB. her monitor isnt included in the budget. so that leaves only 55 bucks for the PSU, thermal paste and cpu heatsink... I am possibly only going to go with a single stick of 4GB RAM to have a little more money for the PSU and heatsink. and I can go a little past 400 bucks. so question #1, should I change anything from the list? #2, which CPU should I go with? #3, how large of a PSU would I need, possibly adding another DVD drive down the road and thats. (if I did add a graphics card later on it would be something cheap like a used ati 4770 or something with even lower performance than that, unless *read number 4*) #4, is a good graphics card really beneficial for photoshop? 4GB ram, cheap video card OR 8GB ram integrated video? #5, I plan on unlocking either one to a quad core(probably no OC for quite a while until she starts talking about upgrades), is this heatsink sufficient? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103075 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233081 I have no idea how much room I will have though so I have no idea on which heatsink to get until I get it all together and then measure (which is what I might end up doing) thanks in advance.