Alright, Just thought i'd set up a little guide for buying computers, building yourself of course. i'll explain my choices as i go. will be updated when new hardware comes out. Ithought i'd leave the case up to whatever you want, since most people seem to like flashy LED's and whatnot. though if you are stumped on what case to get, my recommendations are Antec 300, Antec 900, Coolermaster elite rc330-335, Coolermaster elite rc310. Not too flashy, cheap, does the job very well. Same situation with RAM & Hard drives, Ram is pretty open ended with the amount out there, though i'll say what type at least. just steer clear of SLI/xFIre Ready as they do charge more. My brands of preference are Kingston, OCZ and Gskill. Hard drives are fairly straight forward. something of the Western Digital Flavour should do it. Just note, the Alternatives are usually more expensive. Desktop The power supply throughout all these builds will be the same. PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W PSU is the last part you want to skimp out on in a build. this should also be able to last you another 5 or so years. Budget Gaming Builds Amd/Ati flavour~ CPU: Amd Phenom II X2 550 BE Or CPU: Amd Phenom II x3 720 BE Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA770-UD3 Or Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H GPU: Saphire HD4850 512mb RAM: Something along the lines of 800mhz or 1066mhz should do for this build. With this set up you should be able to get it around 500-700~. CPU choices were prety obvious, Quad Cores aren't exactly worth it in gaming, amd offer excellent price/performance ratio with both the 550 and 720. either one is fine, 720 will last you an extra year or so once games start picking up multi-threading. as for GPU, Sapphire is usually my brand of choice. You might ask why i didnt recommend ati's 5xxx series. well right now, they're pretty cheap but just not worth it just yet. maybe in a couple months time when prices drop a little more and ati optimise their drivers further. As for the motherboard, Gigabyte is loev. the 770 and the 790 both are able to unlock either CPU's and if not, they're pretty able overclockers. Intel/Nvidia Flavour~ CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3 GPU: EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 RAM: Something along the lines of 800mhz or 1066mhz should do for this build. at first glance, its obvious not as much choice in this build. well thats cause intel/nvidia are geard towards higher end budget peoples. E8400 has been king for awhile and will be king of most games for awhile yet. Motherboard was an obvious pairing. EVGA = cheap, well known, dependable brand. the gts 250 is pretty much nvidia's answer to the budget market. so yeah. pretty obvious choices. GOT MUNNEH!? Gaming Builds Budget Workstations (wut) Workstation Builds coming to this thread soon. Laptops get a macbook, dont ask, they just work. Laptops aren't meant to be used for gaming, they're about work and portability. Why bother with the hassle of possible deadly viruses, slowdowns and such when macs simply work without the hassle (besides learning the ropes of macosx). the 13" macbookpro is pretty affordable in terms of apple prices. its a good buy. [/end laptop section.