okay first off I wanted to say that I'm using my cousin's screen name since registration is closed. This has nothing to do with him, and I'm posting this here because I heard the community is very helpful and friendly. Any ways I've been wanting to build a new computer for quite some time now. I still have my p3 450 from like 5-6 years ago and it's starting to really get... well it's starting to become real slow. I've built a computer before, but that was when I built this one and that was with one of my other cousins who's a computer networker. I'm planning to build this computer for gaming, school and possibly the major I'm currently working towards in college (computer graphics designer). I don't exactly know very much about computers, but I do know a fair ammount. Installing parts like a modem, RAM, vid card are things I've done before, and things I'm sure I can still do. I have a somewhat general idea on what parts I want to put in my computer, but some of the small things get me confused. I don't know how well some parts work with others as I try to read reviews on parts that seem to get good reviews. Not sure what the differences on many different parts are either. I guess I'll break it down on what parts I kinda know I want. Case and power supply wise I'm not sure what I want at all. I know a good case and power supply is important, especially if you plan on OCing. I don't plan to OC right away, but possible in the future when I learn more about computers. I heard 350 watts is good for a power supply. My question is what would happen if I decide to get more? will that fry my computer? Or will that just make my electricity bill higher? Case wise I have no idea at all on what to get. I know you should get one with good ventalation. I really don't need anything fancy like those see through ones with lights. Just something basic that will keep my whole computer well ventalated and make it run well. CPU and Mobo wise, I heard Barton for AMD CPU is good? Asus for mobo I also heard is supposingly the best. As for speed wise, I know I want to get atleast a 2500. I'm not sure if it is worth getting any higher though compared to price differences. I mean I do want it to be able to last me 2-3 years at least before I may decide to upgrade. Who knows, I may become a computer enthusiast where I may upgrade every year or so =X memory I hear Kingston is good or Corsair. Though I've heard for corsair, there are many different types, ranging in many different prices? Again I know getting good memory is good, so I'd rather get a named brand one. I do want 1 gig in RAM. HD I know WD or Maxtor are supposingly good choices. I'm not sure about other brands though. I've been advised to get a small HD and stick just the OS on there and get a bigger one for all of my other things. Not sure what that really does, but I'm guessing it lets my computer run faster? As for size of my HD, I think 80 gigs or more should do me good. I'll probably buy whatever good deal I may find when I start looking into it more. Video Card I want a Radeon 9600 or higher. I have no idea what the difference are, but I know ATI ones are supposingly the best? They do seem pretty expensive too. I heard Sapphire is good too. I'm just not sure if I should get the 9600, 9700 or 9800 series. Yeah some people say you can OC it, but I have no idea on how to do that, unless someone wanna teach me? Some people say floppies have no use anymore and you should get a zip drive, but aren't there different size zip drives? like (I have no idea what sizes are zip drives) a 50 mb zip drive and only accept 50 mb disks? I think it was something like that when I tried to use one at school a few years back. I don't remember =X But yeah, if a disk drive really is better, I'll get one too. I'll still stick in a floppy just because they are cheap, and I may need it for school still in the future. CDRW I have no idea at all. What brand/company to get I don't know. I don't need the fastest one, but a good and reliable one. Same goes with DVD-RW. I wasn't planning on getting one, but I know it will do me good in the future when they start taking over. Again, don't know which brand/company or speed I should get. Some people say you should get a sound card, but I've never bought a sound card before, so I have no idea on how to buy one. I've always used the stock on that is built onto the Mobo, so I'm use to the regular sounds it produces. Can anyone recommend a good/decent one if it makes a big difference? I do listen to quite a few MP3s and such on my computer, and may start watching DVDs on my computer once it's built. I think my sound on my computer sounds pretty okay as it is now on my current computer, but I'm just not sure if it will sound any much better with a better sound card. I think that covers all parts that I want. I plan on using my old speakers, monitor, mouse and keyboard as they still work fine to my liking. As for building my computer, that is still a problem, but I've printed out the whole guide they have on www.pcmech.com where they tell you how to build a computer on your own. I haven't finished reading it yet, and only have started reading the first chapter or two. I'm hoping that will teach me enough to be able to safely put my computer together with nothing breaking. I plan to buy all of my computer parts on www.newegg.com as I think they have free shipping on all parts bought by them? Even if they are a little more expensive than other sites, the free shipping should cover it. Plus it's more of a convience for me to do it all on one site. Ummm that is all I could think of for now. Sorry if my spelling errors and grammical errors in this post. Thanks in advance for all reponses/advices that are left behind. Any little helps!