Power supply said pop crackle, fizz, smoke, etc. Ironically, now is when i learn that people don't skimp on power supplies anymore. :-/ I was considering upgrading the computer i had, but now that nothing internal is salvagable things are different. The monitor, speakers, keyobard, mouse, etc. all seem to still work alright. I'd like to keep the new computer build under $1000, but it's flexible. Looking over the posts from random help with builds, i've noticed a few trends, and have tried to base my parts list off of that, and the fact i'd like the computer to last (read: work, as well as be able to meet minimum system requirements for games and whatnot, in 3-5 years). I'll likely do some casual gaming on the machine, as well as start to use it for some light video editing. So, this is what i'm thinking: CPU: Core 2 Duo E6400. $90 cheaper than the 6600, and sounds like it's overclock friendly. While i've never OC'd a system, I tend to buy componets that have the ability, for some reason. Core 2 Duo E6400: $217 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004 Motherboard: Still up in the air here. The Asus P5B seems like a good budget part, but the remote with the P5W deluxe appeals to me, as i use my PC as a media device. And the reccomendations of the Gigabye and EVGA make it even more confusing. P5B: $135 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131030 P5B deluxe: $183 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131045 P5W Deluxe: $228 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131025 EVGA: 250 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009 RAM: I'm really thinking 1gb is all i need right now (even though i really want 2gb ). I see alot of Corsair XMS reccomendations, so i went for the DDR2 800 versions. But what's the real differences in these? 1gb: $124 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566 1gb: $153 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145040 Video card: No idea, honestly. 150-ish range seems like a decent place to start. nVidia is still beating ATi i assume. Sound Card: Do people even buy these anymore? I've just got an old Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker setup, so i don't have any big surround sound needs. Then again, i never liked the integrated sound/video as i thought it would put unecessary load on the motherboard/ram. HDD: I don't really need anything more than the $95 320GB seagate, but i'm really enticed by the 750GB for $209 deal NewEgg has right now. 320GB: $95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140 750gb deal: 209 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148111 DVD Burner(s): I liked my old lite-on, but it seems their quality has gone downhill, according to the reviews. Who makes good DVD/CD burners now a days? Network card: again, is this a part that matters much? I had an intel card for years that never gave me problems (now fried with the rest of the computer). Case: I like the design of this one, and it doesn't seem too over the top. And the extra cooling should help when/if i overclock the computer. CoolerMaster: $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119068 This also seems nice, but it's over 2x as much, @ $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119035 Or 'skimp' and get something like this: $40 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811119115 Power Supply: Antec seems to be the way to go, and 500-600 seems to be the most commonly recommended range. But what's the difference in these 550s, besides the $15? Antec EA500 ATX12V v2.0 500W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, FCC, TUV, CE, CB, C-tick, CCC - Retail: 95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817371007 Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail: 110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103941 After the catastrophic failure of my last computer due to the power supply, i don't want to skimp here, but if there's no real benefits of one from the other, what's the point? I'm sure i'm forgetting something, but i guess this will do for now. Thanks in advance for the time and help.