edit: see post 24 for final build Never actually built a pc from the ground up before, although I have changed out some (minor) parts from time to time. Time to build a kick-ass gaming/multimedia machine from the ground up. For my processor, going to go with the Core 2 Quad Q9550 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041 Already have a hard drive, (fairly new Seagate 500gb) as well as a monitor, keyboard etc. I also have a kick ass external sound card. I just need the guts of the system- a mobo, graphics card, PSU, case, ram and everything else. I have tentatively decided to use a GPU with a NVIDIA chipset, although anything beyond that I am rather lost. I was thinking of this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150310 looks to be pretty badass, and it comes with COD4. But again, I really am not sure. I don’t want to spend more than $350 or so on the graphics card, unless someone can make a case for me to do so. PSU/mobo I am totally clueless. But I do know I don’t want to skimp here. Potroast, et al, I am talking to you.. I will likely go with 2x2Gb of ram, and yes I know 32 bit windows won’t see all of it. Find me a case that kicks ass. The graphics card I suggested is pretty big, so if I went with that I’d need a big ass case to accommodate it, I reckon. I guess that’s about it. many thanks in advance.