Originally Posted by fleeingpepper
My plan for that whole thing is buy the stuff in stages, what I can afford, then buy more each time I get payed for something. When I have enough, I can build it.
I just finished building my first PC that way (and I'm about your age). I would NOT RECOMMEND doing it that way. When I was building, I would buy things, and while they were sitting waiting for the other parts, their retail price would decrease. And then the parts that I had left to buy would go up in price.
I know it seems like a good idea to buy part by part, but just put your money somewhere that you can't spend it and wait until you have enough. You will get quite a bit more PC for your money that way, I know from experience.
However, the more for your money applies to the "current technology". If it takes a year to save up, the Core 2 Quad will be the cutting edge, and a Core 2 Duo Build will probably be cheaper (and obviously better) than a 939 because the 939 will be phased out. I would recommend DDR2 memory personally, but if you need more DDR, GET IT NOW. My particular DDR went from $67 to $120 over the summer because DDR2 is taking over. If you have any more questions about building part by part, feel free to PM me. I would be glad to give you my opinion on them.