I guess before I list the parts, I should state what it will be used for: Numerous amount of multitasking, visual basic programming (possibly some flash stuff as well), camtasia for making video tutorials, surfing the net, checking email with thunderbird, possibly some graphic art stuff (depending on how happy my wife is with her new laptop), watching movies, and maybe some very light gaming (i'm not much of a gamer). So here we go (prices include shipping and discounts): Case: Cooler Master 335 Elite - $45.24 *Note: I plan to replace the air duct with a 120mm intake fan Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 - 115.99 CPU: i5-750 - 199.99 GPU: Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 116.97 *Note: I currently run 2 monitors, both VGA but plan to replace the crappy CRT monitor (that I bought at Salvation Army) with either a DVI or HDMI touch screen (I think it has both connections...it'll most likely be a year before that happens, though). Either way, i'm keeping my stock Dell LCD VGA monitor for a long while. I don't ever really plan on having more than 2 monitors, so I will most likely never need to upgrade to 2 graphics cards. PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W - 70.00 *Note: this one turned out perfect. It has 6 SATA power connectors, and I plan on eventually having 6 SATA devices in my computer at some point. I even did the PSU calculator on Newegg and with the future add-ons I plan to put in, the max wattage came to 573W. So this gives plenty of room for any power fluctuations. RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 - 109.99 *Note: I have been debating between this and the 1333. The mobo lists this 1600 as compatible, but not supported. I also know that the i5-750 will only read 1333 unless overclocked (which I actually plan on doing, I think). But, would I really notice any difference in performance between the 1333 and 1600? Whether the CPU is overclocked or not? HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 7200RPM - 47.99 *Note: this will eventually be replaced with an SSD. I'm just waiting for prices to come down. Optical: Lite-On 24X DVD burner - 28.99 HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - 25.98 *Note: had trouble deciding between this and the slightly smaller Freezer 7 Pro. But evetually went with this for both cost and performance (it seemed more popular and had higher ratings). I only hope it won't be too big as I do want to add a side fan to the case. I had considered the Corsair H50 (found one at my local Best Buy on sale for only $20) but I wasn't sure if it would be such a good idea. I would have to give up either the rear output fan or the side intake fan...neither of which I want to do. ~Fans Side fan to replace the air duct: Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm - 7.48 Front fan: Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs - 8.98 This brings my total to $777.60. Just under my planned budget ($800). When I get all of this depends on how soon I get the money. If my mother-in-law doesn't have to fix her roof, I might be able to get a loan from her. Otherwise, it'll take me about 6 months to save up for this depending on how much money I have left over from Financial Aid (I start school in August). So let me know what you guys think. I'm excited about my first build and can't wait to get it together...I sense this is just the beginning of custom builds (i'd like to eventually build one for my wife and my child...when she's old enough, lol).