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Do your reserch and even after you check out pricewatch.com go to a local computer shop (not OfficeMax or Bestbuy), but a shop with local owners and staff. Tell them that you are interested in building your own computer and that you've checked out pricewatch. Let them know that you are trying to keep your money local and that you were wondering how much said components would cost (this probably works best in a small town setting). I've found that shipping charges added to the discounted prices on pricewatch come pretty close to what the hometown shop would charge anyways. Plus if your CPU pops, or your mobo, or something else goes, you do not have to hassle with sending it back to the store located in god-knows-where USA, you just bring it in to the shop and they take care of it for you (and you may even get to go home with the replacment part). Keep the shipping charges in mind when you order from pricewatch, I've seen some friends over the years get burned by them (i.e. floppy drive cost $10, but shipping was $15, if they went downtown to get it they would have paid $17.50 out the door). Take care and have fun.