Hi, this is my first post on the forum. My friends convinced me that I should build my own computer because I'm on a tight budget and can't afford an expensive gaming rig that is already prebuilt. I need to know if this partslist is a good one, if all the hardware are compatible with each other, and whether or not I am getting a good deal on the hardware (cost/performance). I basically want a better computer to replace my emachines that I brought almost 3 years ago for 300 bucks. I can't spend any more than $1350 and I basically want a computer that can perform well for the next few years. I'm going to be using it for gaming (StarCraft II, Crysis, EvE Online, games like that. Preferably on full settings ^^) and photoshopping. I also want to be able to run a lot of applications at the same time without it slowing down (It happens all the time on my machine with 512MB ram), so I got 4GB ram. I had 8GB, but I had to cut down to 4GB to stay in my budget. The processor, graphics card, ram, motherboard, harddrive, and pretty much everything on the parts list were picked by my friends, so I want to ask the community if it is a good parts list and recommend any changes to it. By the way, all the parts are being brought from newegg, so if you want details about them just look them up at http://newegg.com. Code: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $31.99 IN WIN Maelstrom Black SECC(0.8~1.0mm) ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99 Foxconn A7DA-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $124.99 XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $149.99 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail $119.99 RAZER DeathAdder RZ01-00150100-R3M1 Black 5 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Optical High Precision Gaming Mouse - Retail $49.99 AMC CC5E-B25B 25 ft. Cat 5E Blue Network Cable - OEM $3.99 AMC CC5E-B50G 50 ft. Cat 5E Gray Cat 5E 350 MHz UTP Gray Network Cable - OEM $6.99 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail $3.49 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $79.99 AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail $169.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $109.99 The cost currently is around $1000. It would be higher if I decided to add a second hard drive (for a total of 1.2TB instead of 640GB) and if I were to buy another set of RAM (for a total of 8GB), if so, then the price will be around $1300. If the cost stays at $1000, then I would want to buy a new monitor. Right now my monitor is a 15 inch or so LCD monitor. I want a higher definition monitor with a wider screen, so if anyone were to know of a good monitor that is 19" or bigger for under $200USD, please tell me. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!