The list author says: "I've been building my own PC's off & on since 1995, (and before that I extensively modified my Apple IIgs to be state of the art in the late 80's). Only recently returning to the BYO scene, I am amazed at how easy and cheap anyone can build their own machine these days. I want to help share that joy, and save that money!"
"It won't light the world on fire, but in cost/performance you won't find a better basis for your cheap gaming PC. If you can stretch the budget a bit, you can also add an HD 6570/6670 in CrossFire for more gaming boost."
"This mobo ought to serve well & save a couple dollars over it's siblings. Solid warranty, BIOS tools & drivers. Clearly labelled circuit board to ease installation. My 4GB build saves $ and this board only has 2 DIMM slots. If you'd like to bump up on the cheap later, then choose another Gigabyte like the A75M-UD2H with 4 DIMMS."
"Killer memory for $30! Sticking to 4GB saves money, but you'll still get terrific performance since the new AMD proc takes excellent advantage of 1600MHz. To upgrade later, but save money now, be sure to buy a mobo that supports 4 DIMMS instead of 2 so you can add 4GB more later on instead of having to replace these."
"This cost effective PSU will still provide enough power if you decide you'd like to add an HD 6570/6670 in CrossFire later on. We're trying to save money today, but $75 and DirectX 11 on a Win7 PC will definately launch this budget gamer into the stratosphere!"
"Not necessary, esp. when the case is already so open, but dust is bad for fan bearings and everything you can do to trim/trap dust will server you well in the long run. Just don't forget to clean them when they gunk up! I added 3, two for the blue LED fans I bought and one for the case fan that was included."
"I'm running a 1TB WD drive in the machine I built, but I already had it lying around so it was free. In a budget build, you want to save some scratch, so this $40 gem is ideal. You can bump up to 1TB for a bit more, but that's up to you."
"Again, I got this one for free, but it's pretty strong and definitely handles my draft-n WAN as well or better than the WAP I have my DVR and Xbox plugged into. If you are hard wired, just drop this. I move my machine about the house to game where I please, so quality wireless is important."