Well, first of all hi ^^ im new here and im kinda confused about all the processors, i read sometimes that C2D are better than quads but then there are the extreme and i7 series so im kinda dizzy =(.. So well, since im from venezuela, all i can do is buy the parts on Amazon (stupid government) and well.. The prices here are insane! I mean, the 260GTX graphic card is on 2.000BsF wich is around 1.000 bucks! wich i find retard since i see the prices on amazon and its so dumb, i don't get how people buy those parts for such a price.. So all i can do is blackmarket the pc parts and get em here then (woot, avoid taxes FTW!!).. Anyway >_< to the point.. I was planning to get a Core2Duo or Extreme processor wich im going to list, in order to my price range, u know, price-perfomance = The core2duo is this one: I think its good.. is it? Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz 6M L2 Cache 1333MHz FSB LGA775 Dual-Core Processor Core2extreme could be this one: (?) Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz / 4MB Cache / 1066MHz FSB / Conroe Core / OEM / Socket 775 / Processor For graphics i was planning a 260gtx, a 9800 or a 8800 ultra, but, i've read so many stuff, 8800 is faster, but 9800 is better =S Geez.. but then again 260 seems good. Im noob about motherboards, i know the basics only, not the compatibility with the processors and such (still researching and learning, takes time..), neither i know a lot about cooling fans, nor power supplys that wud be best for it and etc.. So, at best it cud be around like: Processor: >> Core2duo/Extreme processor Graphics: >> 9800 GTX or 260GTX (What's the diff between XFX and BFG or EVGA?) Wanted a 640 gb 7200 rpm hdd SATA drive like umm.. Western Digital WD6400AAKS WD Caviar SE16 SATA Internal Hard Drive, 640 GB, 3 Gb/s, 16 MB Cache, 7200 RPM << this one.. Ram: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB ( 2 X 2GB ) PC2-6400 800MHz 240-pin DDR2 CL5 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit - TWIN2X4096-6400C5 My idea is to get a cool desktop, wich will last some years atleast, i bought mine round 3 years ago xD its a crappy P4 with 1.5gigs on ram and a 256mb AGP 8x board xD suuuucks.. atleast i cud play F.E.A.R or farcry at mid/hi res ^^' anyway.. The HD i need it to be around 640GB (for me thats a lot :S or well, its enough for me.. i just have a 80gb now..) because i work with big (Very big..) projects on photoshop and well, i need lots of space.. So is any of those combinations good? Could i get some affordable price for a nice pc that will last lets say atleast 3 more years.. (Please take in mind that 1$ here is 5bsF) Sorry for such a long post, is just that im too confused and i dunno what else to do T_T.. In conclusion: Best wud be a the E8400(or better if i get a quad?), with a 260gtx, as well the 4 gigs of corsair ram and the WD 640 HD.. What motherboard would be good for that? It will last for a while? How can i prevent overheating, what cooling fans can i buy (saw big thyphoon for the processor if im not wrong, freaking big btw.. is it good?).. And, well, i think u guys will get the point =S.. *Insert ur suggestion here* Please dont go with 5000$ pc's/parts T_T.. i can barely afford 2000$ wich is 10 millions here (3 months food <.<) and i wanna get good stuff so i get a nice outcome of those 3 months w/o eating hehe ^^'.. And again sorry for the long post T_T.. Thx in advance (if someone helps =)! And this is my first try to get a Gaming pc, did i do it good? =( Arkz.