First off, this forum is great for information on building PCs. You guys have done a wonderful job.
After reading through the two stickied guides regarding building, I poked around on Newegg and "built" a system. I've been wanting to build a system for a while now, but haven't had the money. Building them seems WAY cheaper though (saving at least 50%, if not more) than buying from companies that build them for you, so for my next desktop I'm definitely going to build rather than buy.
Here's my setup. The total cost is $1575, which is pretty good, considering the specs I think (though I don't have a monitor, and that'd be pretty costly since I want to get an LCD...). I want to have a nice gaming PC, and don't care about overclocking, so keep that in mind if you're going to give recommendations as to hardware. Thanks!
*Mobo: ABIT AT8 32X Socket 939 ATI CrossFire Radeon XPRESS 3200 ATX AMD ($165)
*CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core ($460)
*RAM: OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel ($190)
*HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3120026A-RK 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache IDE Ultra ATA100 ($80)
*Graphics Card: XFX PV-T71G-UCE7 Geforce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 ($300)
*PSU: OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply 100 - 240V ($130)
*Case: GIGABYTE 3D AURORA Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower ($140)
*Sound Card: Diamond XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card ($58)
*Optical: SONY Black 16X DVD-ROM 52X CD-R 32X CD-RW 52X CD-ROM 2M Cache IDE x 2 ($52)