This is also listed here: http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?p=10012071#post10012071 Okay, so I have been jumping on deals as of late and its time for me to build my 1st computer (for the knowledge which will allow me to easily upgrade my computers at any given time and help my friends build computers also). Only thing I have left to do is buy a motherboard, which is hard for me to do considering I can only find mobo's with 1 PATA/IDE and mostly SATA because the only computer I have opened up is 4 years old and is all PATA/IDE. I want as many connectors I can have as possible within a reasonable cost and at least up to 8GB of RAM. Getting a SATA HDD and RAM won't be hard, there are reasonable deals for those all the time. I read that a lot of mobo's come dead on arrival (DOA), so I have to attempt to put everything together when the mobo comes to avoid that. My current computer was near the peak of technology in 2002 and cost $1000, so it is 5 years old now. I have only upgraded the RAM to 1GB, added a couple PCI cards, and put in some new HDDs. Sadly my computer can't handle XNA, Sega Saturn emulation, and probably a lot of other things I haven't tried. Here are all the parts I've obtained through Slickdeals (I intend to put 2gether): AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6ghz Retail Socket AM2 CPU = $82 (worth $100) http://forums.slickdeals.net/show...p?t=733987 PNY 8600GT GDDR3 256MB PCI-Express Video Card = $65 (worth $115) http://forums.slickdeals.net/newt...hread&f=17 Ultra V Series 500W Power Supply = $40 FAR http://forums.slickdeals.net/show...p?t=452328 Eagle Tech Sidewinders ATX Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side Window & 450W Power Supply (Black) = $10 AR + FS http://forums.slickdeals.net/show...eaglebit Ultra Wizard Black Mid Tower Case ULT31580 = $40 FAR http://forums.slickdeals.net/show...ra+Wizard Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2 - OEM = $140 (not cheap, but had to be done) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6837102062 Total Spent = $297 Total Savings = $68 I'm reading guides on this process here: http://www.build-your-own-computers.com/ I need to learn how to overclock, I'm hoping to be able to OC these to 3ghz if possible (which I think means 1.5 instead of 1.3 for each CPU) Questions: 1. Since I have a PCIE graphics card, I shouldn't need to buy a mobo with onboard video right (don't onboard video and audio always suck?) 2. I'm afraid if I mess up it will be a big waste of money. Maybe I should have just bought a good deal refurb: http://forums.slickdeals.net/show...p?t=728403 (DEAD) Please Feel Free to recommend anything or throw in advice, thanks I am a video game programmer. This computer will be used for video game programming, emulation, internet, and the stuff in my sig.