I know it seems like a alot of reading, but I bolded the important parts for those that don't want to read through the whole thing. My friend is a PC gamer, and he had an ok gaming machine, but it was crap by today's standards.(Pentium D 3.2GHz, 7800GT, 2GB RAM, Dell). It wasn't great, but it allowed him to play PC games, and he was even playing the latest PC games on, granted his LCD only did 1024x768, which probably aided in keeping games playable on his rig. Anyway, his parents bought him this PC when he got his own place. However, his sister is going off to college now, and they want the PC back so she can have one at college. Playing the "we didn't give it to you, we were just letting you use it until you got your own" card...blah blah...sometimes parents suck... Anyway, he came to me with a mission, build the best gaming computer I could for under $420 shipped. I know, an odd number, but that is exactly how much he has left in his savings after buying a new TV(which he will be using as a monitor now too). This is what I came up with: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=11008666 He doesn't need a keyboard, mouse, DVD Drive, or OS. He upgraded the keyboard, mouse, and DVD-Burner on the Dell himself, so he is keeping those parts, and just giving back the originals that came with the computer. I'm giving him a copy of Vista. Mainly, I'm concerned about the processor and motherboard. I know they are good, but I wonder if I can get better going AMD. What would be an equivalant on the AMD side cost, including a decent Crossfire motherboard like the P5Q-Pro. Also, he will be overclocking the machine, or actually I will be overclocking it for him. So that needs to be considered. I'm hoping to push the E5200 to 3.0GHz on the stock cooler, is that possible? Here is the TV he will be using as a monitor: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5623471 It is only 720p, so that means he will be gaming at 1366x768 maximum, so the HD4830 should handle that with no problem. Finally, he plans to upgrade this rig once he gets his tax return(figure ~$200-300 in upgrades),what should I recommend as an upgrade? I was thinking a second HD4830 for when he moves to a higher resolution monitor, or maybe a quad-core. And upgrade in CPU cooling is definitely going to happen either way. Thanks, and sorry for the wall of text.