I hope i'm posting this in the right board, i wasnt sure which one applies to this topic, so forgive me if i'm not. I'm currently looking for a new pc, that will be used mostly for gaming and web surfing. As for the price, i guess it should be somewhere in the medium range. I really have no clue where to start my search so thats why i came here to ask some basic questions. I just hope that i'm asking the right ones. PC Brand: First thing i need to know which brand is considered to be good: Dell, HP and so on. Motherboard: Which motherboard should the pc have? i've heard asus boards are good, is that true? Also, somebody told me that motherboard should be compatible with the video card. I'm planning on getting an nvidia geforce card, does that mean i should get an nvidia made motherboard? Processor:which processor to get AMD Athlon XP, Intel? How many mhz? Memory: how much memory should a gaming pc have? Hard Drive: i need advice on decent hardrive manufacturers and size CD,DVD-ROM\burner: what kind of speed should these have? I guess this covers the basics. One final question: I was told that one could get a customized pc, the so called bare-bones pc, and outfit it with all the components one needs. Is this option better than buying a pc with all the parts already in? If anyone knows the answers, please help!