I'm building this PC for a friend who will be doing some medium level gaming, nothing like Unreal Tournament 3 or CoD 4. Stuff like The Sims 2 and Guild Wars. The motive behind this post is for me to get some input from a PC intelligent community. I do have experience in this field, I have built a PC once before and learned from my mistakes, but of course, more input and advice is very valuable to me. So please. Offer all of your input, comments, ideas, feelings and theories--I value and need it all! My budget was not for top of the line, more for overall value, and lasting value. Where the prices currently are, they can't change much, so keep that in mind if u suggest a different item. However, for example, if you think I should go with a value price on one item and go to a higher level/price in another area; please offer your advice. All my shopping was done at Newegg Here it is, including my reasons for their selection: EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 512MB. Link EVGA seems to be the leader in video cards. I have one in my PC and it works great. EVGA wins all the customer choice awards on Newegg. This card is selling very well at the moment. AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 2.6ghz. Link AMD has always been my fav, have one in my PC that works great. This processor has wone a customer choice award at Newegg. Corsair XMS2 2GB(2 x 1GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800. Link Corsair seems to be the leader in mem. XM series is very popular. Gigabyte AM2 Nvidia GeForce 6100 AMD Mobo. Link Had best reviews on Newegg. 2x winner of Newegg customer choice award. Has ob sound. Western Digital Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA. Link WD seems to be the leader of the HDD market. Very popular model. Customer choice award. Rosewill 550W ATX12V V2.01 PSU. Link Rosewill PSUs have good reviews on Newegg. Have one in my PC that works great. Sony NEC Optiarc Black DVD-ROM/CD-ROM IDE. Link Good reviews and customer choice award. Cooler Master Cavalier 3, Aluminum/Steel ATX Mid Tower. Link Friend picked out for looks. Has good reviews, cpu vent and fans. Windows XP Thank you for looking this over Now please Input, comments, ideas, feelings and theories. Thanks!