Hi Guys, need help for my new rig. I just arrived from Europe in Texas (will stay for one year) and need something to play some shooters, do some video-editing, office-work and to support my F@H-team. As I'm kinda low on money at the moment (just arrived - have to buy car, payed rent and deposit, bought furniture etc.) my budget is around $500-$600, the less the better. In the past I only had Intel so I would like to overclock some AMD-CPUs. I won't need a HDD as I will use my Samsung HD321KJ for now. A video card will be bought next year sth. in the class of a 4870/9800 GTX+/GTX260. Later in 2009 (spring) I will get probably a Phenom II so the mainboard should have onboard graphics and should be AM3 ready. The biggest problem is for which chipset i should go: is the 780G sufficient enough, offers the 790GX more overclocking capabilities or is the nVidia Geforce 8x00 the best bang for bucks? For now I looked for mainboards with AMD chipsets: eg ASUS M3A78-EM in Combo with the X3 8750 BE for $30 less? Or the BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ as Open Box for only $64 or the MSI DKA790GX for $89. Also the Foxconn A7DA-S or the ECS A790GXM-A or BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX3 A2+? Did I missed the best bang for buck Mainboard on newegg? I don't epect too much, eSATA would be nice but not a must. CPU: I will get next year a Phenom II after prices drop so what till then: Athlon 64 X2 5400+ BE ($66) Athlon 64 X2 7750 BE ($80) Phenom 8750 X3 BE ($119) RAM: For sure 2x2GB PC2-8500. I'm thinking about the GSkill or a CL7 or rather CL5 from OZC? DVD Burner: The cheapest SATA Burner - need for not much more then installing Vista. Case: something nice and unexpensive from Cooler Master. Cooler: I kinda like the Xigmatek Towers with three or four Heatpipes or rather a OCZ Vendetta 2 or maybe a Sunbeam CR-CCTF? PSU: Something with around 400 to 500W and enough A on the 12V rails. Display: I'm not sured if a 19" Hanns-G will be enough for the one year. Had in Europe a 20" WS from LG. Os should I go for a 22" ASUS or Acer? A general question at the end: shall I buy the rig now or will the prices drop after X-mas shopping is over? So that would be all for now. THX for any useful comments.