Hi, while I've owned many pre-built PC's, the only real time I got to go into the case was putting in new graphic cards and ram. Now I'm ready to build myself a machine, suitable for gaming for now that can hopefully handle UT2k7 by the time that comes out. I've done some research, and picked out some hardware to the best of my abilities using zipzoomfly which has free 2nd day shipping (the whole reason I want to get everything from there, already gotten parts from them before). One thing worth mentioning, I want to utilize the 64 bit processing for future support with 64 bit operating systems, dual processors, and the SLI technology though only one card for now. So here I go listing everything I want to get, sorted by cost (my budget is $2,000): $525.00 AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Processor Socket 939 http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80725-R Picked this processor since it was the cheapest X2 they have, looks like it comes with a heatsink/fan, and set to be the most expensive part. $269.95 Acer AL1912B 19in Flat Panel LCD Monitor http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=239006 Pretty much the cheapest LCD 19" monitor, I cant really afford a super nice one. $259.99 MSI NX6800-TD256E GeForce 6800 PCI Express 256MB DDR Video Card http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=321918 This I'm not sure about, alot of the GPU's I want to pick were not in stock and I really want to stick with zipzoomfly. I will probably want to pick something else, but at the very least, is this one SLI compatable? $339.99 MSI NX6800GTX-T2D256E GeForce 6800GT PCI Express 256MB DDR3 Video Card http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=321943 Feels like my system needs this despite the extra cost. $158.99 Coolermaster STC-T01 CM Stacker Aluminum Full Tower Case http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=141633 Most of the full-tower cases I wanted were out of stock, so I kept looking at the more costly ones and ended up on this one. The review I read showed it has very good ventilation which is what I want bigtime, in addition to lots of space. For me, bigger is better in this case. $155.00 Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6B300S0 300GB Serial ATA 7200RPM Hard Drive http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=100719 I'm not familiar with the whole SATA and IDE stuff, so I picked this hoping it will work with the motherboard. I want to start with one big HD, and then later upgrade with lots more with similar storage capacity (yes, I want to be able to store lots eventually). Maybe there is a better choice, or perhaps this wont work with what I selected? $164.99 MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI nForce4 SLI Athlon 64(FX) Skt939 DDR ATX Motherboard http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=241159 Not sure what to say about this, seems like a good choice. Has onboard ethernet ports and a sound card to save PCI slots. And it has the SLI that I want to take advantage of in the future. $92.30 Corsair VS1GB400C3 1GB DDR400 PC3200 $92.30 Corsair VS1GB400C3 1GB DDR400 PC3200 http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80098-34 Not sure on my choice of ram, I want at least 2gb to start with, these should work right? $89.99 MGE XG Vortec 600W Power Supply http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=141212 This thing could be a problem. I read reviews that were all very positive and satisfactory, but the mobo I picked says my power source needs ATX 2.0 support. I dont know what that is, and google has been giving me a hard time figuring this one out, though it may be related to a 24 pin connection? This powersource has a 20 to 24 pin converter, I think called ATX to BTX, with no mention of ATX 2.0. Will this work with the motherboard? The case I picked has some kind of setup to handle 2 PSU's so I hope to add in a second one in the future of similar power, but I dont know if this one will even work so I need some real help with this one. *EDIT* Got this in response from MGE support just now: "ATX 2.0 basically has a 24 pin power for the motherboard instead of 20 pin connector. The Vortec 600 has a 20 pin power BUT comes with a 24 pin adaptor so it will work with a bigger range of motherboards." So I guess this power source will work, based on the reviews I'm hoping it will be ok despite the cost. $109.99 Antec TruePower 2.0 TP-II 550 550W Power Supply http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=270001 Decided against a stupid risk with the previous PSU. Someday I'll upgrade to a dual PSU in some form as I become power hungry and start adding more stuff. Long as this is enough to power everything I got now with an appropriate amount of leeway, I'm happy. $51.99 RealWorld 350XL-BK Sicuro 2.1 Gaming Speaker http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=364013 Just some 2.1 speakers $38.99 Logitech MX518 Gaming-Grade Optical Mouse http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=211125 Should be a good gaming mouse, nothing special $38.95 Liteon SOHC-5236K DVD 16x + CD-RW 52x32x52 Combo Drive http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=170648 Just some random drive I chose based on price that I'm expecting to read CD's for installing my OS. Is this the right one to connect with the mobo or do I need a different one? $14.99 Chaintech AudioExcel AV512A C-Media 8738-6Ch Sound Card http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=292001 The cheapest sound card I can find, I need this second one for seperate sound for my teamspeak/ventrillo on the headset. $13.50 Sony FD MPF920Z161/131 1.44MB 3.5in Floppy Disk Drive http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=111002 Cheap floppy drive so I can use boot disks or whatnot. $13.50 BenQ P010 Standard Keyboard http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=212512 Just a random black keyboard, dont need anything fancy. $2,080.43 total with what I have chosen, which is just over my budget now. I could really use some help making sure everything will work together. Like that PSU I dont know about. And perhaps some advice if it would be smarter to pick something else over another due to cost vs performance. I dont really have alot of room to go higher cost since thats at my budget, but perhaps there are better choices such as lowering cost in one thing and going up in another. What would be the biggest bottlenecks I'm looking at right now? I may also order a few extra case fans, I dont have any current plans to OC, but that could very easily change. I'm thinking I would like to order all my parts either late today or tomarrow, so I dont have much time to fiddle around with the list, but I do want to make sure I'm not screwing something up before ordering as well as any choices I can make that would be smarter. Thanks for taking the time to read my post! *EDITS* Added email quote I recieved from MGE about the PSU I selected. Changed GPU, increasing overall cost to $2,060.43 Changed PSU, increased overall cost to $2,080.43, hopefully I dont talk myself into going any higher at this time, I have plenty of time to do that in upgrades.