been thinking about making a gaming computer...i've heard that starting from scratch is the best/cheapest way to go...however one problem...i don't know a ton about pc hardware, and exactly what you need. i've been to toms hardware guide to look for best prices...but its hard to look when you don't know exactly what your looking for... so for any of you who are bored and know a lot about pc hardware who wants to help me make a gaming pc?! i'm not 100% when i'm going to buy one... but i want to see what i can get for how much money...cause money is most definitely an issue. i want definitely good stuff, that will run the latest games and up and coming ones...like doom 3 halflife 2 and things like that, flawlessly on high settings. however i plan on upgrading more often to get to the next level of games...so it doesn't have to be a computer that will run the games perfectly that will come out in say a year or 2 from now. first of all the mother board is where my knowledge goes into a black whole...i don't know much about them unfortunately... as far as processor...whatever runs the best for cheapest...i've heard athlon xps are good but if you know of somthing different... ram, i want fast ram but i doubt i'll need more than a gig for games...right? harddrive...i want a fast one but it doesn't even need to be more than 60-80 gigs..i mean this computer is solely for games, and i could probably fit 50 games on a 60 gig drive. and now for where my money will go....the vid card...i want a really good one...maybe an ati 9800...but if it goes past my budget then i'll settle for a 9700...anyway, so how much do you think this will run me?...and i want to be able to upgrade, i don't know what kind of mother board i should/could get...like i said i'm kinda in the dark about what exactly is good to look for in them. anyway...i'm hopeing to get the best system i can for between 700-800 dollars...btw this is only computer, i have moniter and speakers and everything else i need. thanks!