Might be a long way off to some extent, and also likely to be the cheapest I can go, because I really am limited. I'm just feeding some help finding out how things are priced these days and what's cheaper than it used to be and where I can save the most money. Not planning on anything fancy. Aside from a monitor I'm going to see how much I can do with $5-600 before figuring out how much I can spend on it. I've had the same crummy laptop for the longest time and it's near its end. I need something new soon, that can actually play games. With this old thing even a $200 netbook might feel like an upgrade. With that sort of budget there's hardly a point to building it myself, but it's something I want to do so when I can finally buy something good later I understand the process. Most of this thread is nonsense and I have no idea what I'm doing. I've got a part time minimum wage job and rent to pay, it should take a few months to get anything saved up.