First off, it's been a loooooooooooong time since I've built a PC. I'm talking AMD 2000+ with an ATI 64mg video card. Add to that I've been running a laptop for the last 1.5 yrs and that let's you know how out of tune I am with new hardware. So, I've got an itch that needs scratched and have come up with a list. Tell me what you think, where I could make some improvements, save money, or get better performance for the same price. Just to let you know, I'm going off of ExtremeTech's new build's they've posted lately. Just to let you know, I'm wanting something I can game on for a decent price, but still be able to upgrade over the next couple of years. I don't have a big budget, so going over the current price by too much won't happen. With that being said here's the list, and thanks for the suggestions. * Antec Sonata III 500 - $129.99 * ASUS P5KC - $139.99 (takes both DDR2 & DDR3) * Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz - $169.99 * Corsair XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $53 * EVGA 512-P2-N773-AR GeForce 8600GTS 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported - $159.99 (This was my first choice, but now that I've seen the front page article on the 9600GT. Oh the decisions.) * BFG Tech BFGE96512GTE GeForce 9600GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported - $179.99 Total with 8600GTS = $652.92 minus $55 in rebates = $597.92 Total with 9600GT = $672.92 minus $25 in rebates = $647.92 I know I'm missing some items, but the hard drive's and optical are coming from my current PC make-shift pc, and don't need replacing. Again, thanks for looking and comment away.