I have been looking around to try and find a new computer to use mostly for (in this order): 1. internet 2. gaming (Civilization & 1st person shooters, not internet gaming) 3. ms office I currently have a Compaq Presario, AMD Athalon 2800+ 2.08 GHz with 1 gig of ram. I am also way out of touch with what is current, cool, fast, etc as I dropped out of the IT biz in 2004. :embarassed: Anyone recommend a current system with XP or downgradable to XP for around <$600? Does not need a monitor or printer. Should I do it the hard way and make my own? Tiger Direct is a 10 min drive from my house. If so, how can I figure out what MB, video card, chipset, etc to buy? Thanks!