Newbie looking to build ~$800 Gaming Rig *updated 6/23* Note: Please disregard a majority of the commentary in this topic as it will make no sense since I've edited 75% of my original post. Hello techPowerUp! community! I've been wanting to upgrade from my god-awful notebook computer for three years now and I finally have the money to do so. I've decided to build rather than buy pre-built for the obvious savings and exact part specifications. However, I'm still a newbie, but I've done a lot of research over the past week. I would be building this rig sometime this summer, probably near the end of July. I would like to keep this rig under $1000, so I've set $800 as a cap, and will only raise it if something is just unstoppably bad-ass (as in high priceerformance ratio, not all-out raw power) and worth the price increase. I'd vastly appreciate any tech-savvy individuals keeping a wizened eye over my build as I plan it. Edited 6/23: Part: Motherboard $79.99 $7.93 shipping Item: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392 Part: Graphics Card $114.99 $10.00 rebate Item: HIS Hightech H485FN1GP Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 CrossFire URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161275 Part: Processor/CPU $119.99 Item: AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649 Part: Memory $57.99 $2.99 shipping Item: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262 Part: Power Supply $60.49 Item: BFG Tech 550 Watt ATX12V Power Supply URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016 Part: Hard Drive $69.89 Item: WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM URL: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010082 Part: Optical Drive $29.99 Item: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106291 Part: Cooling Fan $34.98 $7.00 shipping $10.00 rebate Item: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Part: Computer Case $49.99 Item: NZXT Beta Series CS-NT-BETA-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146055 Part: LCD Monitor $189.99 Item: Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor URL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009163 Part: Operating System $- Item: Windows 7 RC Total = $806.81 So what do you guys think of this build? This is the best possible build I can get for around $800, including the monitor. I like having the Phenom II X3 720 for additional computing power over similarly priced Intel duo processors. Also, I think the 4850 is a good choice. If the 4870 1 GB gets marked down before the end of July I'll swap it in. It took me a while to get out of CrossFire mode, after hearing how it tended to make rigs unstable. I'll be happy with one good card. Do you think this rig will be able to run Spore, and any of the upcoming games by Blizzard (Diablo III, Starcraft 2)?