I need some help. I'm having a friend of a friend build a computer for me, and he gave me some details on pricing, components, etc. Here's his suggestion: Either an AMD Athlon 1700+1.47GHz, or a 1.7Ghz Pentium 4. Either 512MB Ram with the Intel or 1Gig Ram with the Athlon. Plextor 16x10x40x CD-RW Leadtek WinFast TDH GeForce3 Ti 200 64MB DDR AGP Hercules Game Theater XP Sound Card Sony 16x DVD/52x CD-ROM IBM 20GB HD (for applications) Western Digital 80GB HD (mainly storage) 3Com Ethernet Card (for cable access) The system would cost $1,750 for the box only with either processor (because the Intel box will get half the RAM). The price seems rather prohibitive because I'll still need to get a monitor, and all peripherals, which can easily add up to another $600-$1,000. I was hoping for some suggestions as to how I can cut the price by about $300-$500 without sacrificing tons of functionality (e.g., different sound card, video card, etc). I like the machine, but don't know if I'm willing to pay almost 3 grand (maybe I'll ditch the graphics/sound capability and get an X-Box instead) I'll be using the computer mainly for business apps/games/CD burning. I have a dedicated home theater setup, so chances are slim I'll be using the computer to watch DVD's, although I'm not sure how much it will save me to swap the DVD drive for another CD drive. Also, I won't need any speakers because the sound card has an optical out that I can hook up to my receiver. Thanks for any input.