Hi Everyone, Here goes. My buddy would like to build his own computer and has asked me to help him do so. My dilemna is that I am not sure what is what nowadays and I dont want to steer him wrong. So here is what he desires..... 1) It has to be able to play games such as America's Army/Counter Strike at screen resolution of at least 1280x1024 with medium to high details. 2) Would like to play other games (first person shooters, real time strategies) out on the market today at medium to high details. 3) Frame rates at least 30-40 frames per second. 4) DVD burner, multimedia card reader (one that reads SD, Mem stick, etc). 5) 100gig HD. Budget is MAX $1,000.00 US dollars. This does not include the monitor, keyboard, mouse....etc. Now as far as OS' go....he is familiar with WinXP and has that on his Emachine. He would like to stay with Microsoft. He also says, and I quote, "I want it to play games on the market today such as AA, CS, and Company of Heroes at decent graphics levels and I want to have the ability to play games in the future but not kill my budget" He does NOT have an interest in Overclocking (yet.... ). He did see my machine and would perhaps be interested in doing so in the future....I honestly think he wont touch OC'ing for a while but I dont want to limit him from doing so. SOOOOO.....what do you all think??? Please let us know because I have a funny feeling that in a couple weeks we will be assembling this as he is computerless now and is using MINE.....LOL. Regards and thanks for the help in advance..... PS....I have posted this as well on another website asking for some help as well as I mentioned before I am not up to date with graphics cards etc that are on the market today...thanks again for all the help!!!!