I have been thinking of buying a new computer for some time now, and seeing as my current one is no where up to current standards, it seems I am forced to make a descision. First of all, I have been looking for a good site to buy from, and aside from newegg, I found Puget systems. To me, puget seems like a rather good choice, but they have much higher prices then newegg does, although it is understandable seeing as they boast a great many things, such as testing the computer beforehand for me to make sure the power supply and heating and whatnot is good enough. However, I'm still not sure if that is worth all the extra money. At the moment, I am willing to spend around $2000, give or take, on this computer, and I'm hoping for something that will last a couple of years. As for component parts, I have been thinking of 1-2gb of ddr ram, a hard drive with around 200gb of storage and a video card that should last a while, preferably good enough to play todays games on high settings. Also on my list of things I'd love to have is a dual core processor, a motherboard with SLI support, and multi-threading would be the cherry on top of the ice cream. The parts I am thinking about are: Asus A8N-SLI Premium [motherboard] (going rate: $234.54 at puget.com, $120/$165 at newegg.com) AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ DUAL CORE [CPU] (going rate: $455.64 at puget, $347 at newegg) Thermalright XP-120 [CPU cooling] (going rate: $92.35 at puget, $68.99 at newegg) 1GB DDR400 CL2.0 2x512MB (OCZ PC3200 Perf. DC - 2x 512mb) [RAM] (going rate: $176.56 at puget, $113.44 at newegg) OR 2GB DDR400 2x1GB (OCZ PC3200 Perf. DC - 2x 1024mb) [RAM] (going rate: $322.73 at puget, $253.50 at newegg) Seasonic S12 500W [power supply] (going rate: $139.75 at puget, $129.00 at newegg) Samsung SpinPoint P SP2004C 200GB SATA II [hard drive] (going rate: $153.47 at puget, $93.99 at newegg) BFG 7800 GT 256MB PCI-E [video card] (going rate: $508.39 at puget, $385.00 at newegg) Lite On 16X Dual Layer DVD+RW/-RW Black [dvd-rom] (going rate: $63.85 at puget, $42.45 at newegg) Windows XP Home SP2 [operating system] (going rate: $112.01 at puget, $92.95 at newegg) As you can clearly see, newegg has a major upperhand in price, and I'm leaning that way at the moment. However, I didn't include the shipping and handling price with the newegg prices, but they were mostly beneath $5. I am not yet confident that all of puget's extra bells and whistles, such as a burn-in processes, are worth it, but me not having to build it myself is still a strong consideration. That brings me to another question, how easy would it be for a more or less unexperienced person to build a computer from it's component parts, with the help of online guides? Also, I am undecided on what case would best fit for my configuration, and if i have enough power for the whole system (500W seasonic is what I am leaning towards at the moment). And how much of an improvement is it if I buy another video card to put into an SLI format, and is it worth the extra money? Thirdly, is it worth it to fork out another hundred bucks or so for a sound card, or will a in-built one handle things fine enough?