this is my first thread, and my first question. i feel like i have a long way to go on building a new gaming pc, but ill start here. AMD athlon 64 4000+ is it an over kill???? the new computer is for gaming and all those lovely small applications. aim.word. etc.etc.etc... or would a AMD athlon 64 3500+ be ok for gaming and whats not? i went to toms hardware guide and i saw the FPS and obviously 4k+ is up there all the time..... http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu_2004.html?modelx=33&model1=60&model2=62&chart=25 and i mean, HL2, Flight sim X, NFSMW, etc... all those good games, i want them to play flawlessy. i know i have to take in consideration the motherboard, Ram and Video card. mobo... IDK ram... 2 gigs min... IDK wat brand video ...... nvdia 7800 gtx.... , iv allways had nvidia, and i figured ill go all out with the card. .... ati is great... but ill pass. and a 250gig drive or something.... iv read so much on the MOBo ill make a separate thread for that... lol, but guys. i still have time. i havent bought anything. i can allways save a lil more. but im looking to spend around 1000...1200...max? max....can be a lil more flexible... the only downside on me being flexible is i have to save...which means more time...aaand id like it soon... soo... im sorry if this is too long... and please tell me anything that i should be aware of... thanks alot... to the site and everyone.