Question #1 Building a computer for my buddy (him and his lucky new job ). He wants to play Medieval II on max settings and has a negotiable budget of around $1,000 (maybe $1,200). I’ll try to save him some of that if I can, but I’m not sure it can be done. He’s not interested in waiting for the Direct X 10 cards. I’ve been reading around the forums to get some ideas and brush up on my knowledge. This is what I’m looking at so far. I’m very open to suggestions here so any comments are welcome and appreciated. Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119068 -He really likes this case. PSU: Looking for a good affordable suggestion. MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128322 -Not married to it but saw it in a suggestion. (does this MB work fully with the CPU? I’ve seen some concerns with the FSB.) CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005 -Good deal I see everywhere and everyone says dual core is the way to go. RAM: Again looking for a good suggestion going for 1 GB (maybe 2). Video: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814142075 -Not married to this either if someone has a better suggestion. HD: Still looking, advice welcome. DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076 The above items sit at about $570 with shipping. Question #2 I haven’t seen a lot of cooling suggestions for new builds. Is the OEM stuff good now-a-days? I assume case fans then are all that’s left after that? Question #3 Last item. He’s going to need a new monitor as well. I don’t think the monitor is included in the above budget. He’s convinced he’ll find a good deal on one at Best Buy – but I might be able to get him to go with a New Egg one if there is a good recommendation. I think a 17 to 19 inch should do? Not sure on a price guideline here. He’s a stickler about quality though and dead pixels will really upset him. Not sure what to recommend to him. Thank you in advance for any advice and help.