Hi, recently I've been thinking about building a new PC. I'm really not sure what to get though, especially as if I do build one I'm on a limited budget (£600 max). I'd like something that can run games quite well, probably RTS games, as these are amongst my favourite types of games. ________________________ Anyway, these are the components my friends suggested: AMD Phenom X4 9950 - Quad 2.6ghz processor. Asus M2N-SLI MBA-M2NSLI - An AMD mobo, I really don't know that much about motherboards though. Nvidia 9800 GTX+ 512mb Graphics card - I'm not sure what it will be called after Nvidia change the names of the cards. Samsung Spinpoint 500gb HDD 7200RMP - It's got a reasonable speed and more storage than I'll ever use. Benq 22IN LCD WIDE E2200HDA - A 22" 1080p monitor that I can hook up to my PS3 if I want to. It's got some quite good reviews. Corsair Twin2X4096-6400C5DHX RAM, 4GB of DDR2 RAM at 800mhz. RAM that has reasonably good heatsinks... Not sure how usefull that will be because I doubt I'll overclock my RAM. As for the case, psu and optical drives I've not had any definite "get this" kinda help. I've also been told I should just use the onboard sound, rather than buying a seperate sound card... Anyway, whil'st thinking about this my friend suggested this forum to me. Now I'm asking you for help... Can you suggest what components I should get, or atleast what percentage of my budget should be spent on what? Also remember that I live in the UK, so if you're goign to give links, make them for shops within the UK (online or otherwise). I've had bad experiences with import tax in the past. If possible I'd also like a PC with which I can edit 1080P gaming movies, because I want to get the equipment to record myself gaming on my PS3 in the future. Thanks in advance, and if this is in the wrong place please move it. I jsut thought this would be the most relevant place. PS: I don't care about what make the components are, just best value for money. I don't mind whether it's AMD or Intel, or ATI or Nvidia. ________________________ Current ideas for build: CPU: Phenom II X3 720 - triple core 2.8ghz processor. CPU Heatsink: I want a decent heatsink because it's been suggested that I could overlock the Phenom II X3 720 to 3.4ghz without lots of overclockign experience. because of this I want a decent cooler taht will allow me to do this. I'm not toop bothered about noise. Motherboard: I need help with this. Should I get an AM3 motherboard? Is it within my budget? GPU: Most likely a 1gb GTS 250 HDD: I need suggestions about what to get, what speed should I get, how much space will I need? Monitor: Benq 22IN LCD WIDE E2200HDA, I have a friend who's getting this next week, so I'll find out what it's like soon enough. Memory: This depends on the motherboard. Is the difference in price between DDR2 and DDR3 worth it? Is DDR3 even in my budget? I also want at least 4gb. Case: I want a nice looking case for a reasonable price. If it comes with a reasonable PSU then I'll stick with that. PSU: I'm not sure how much wattage I'll need. Any help? Optical drive: A DVDRW 20x Sata drive should be good enough.