First you need to decide on $ budget for your comp
Second what type of games, i.e. If you want to play Doom3 Quake4 Call of Duty 2 you are going to need a higher end comp.
Once you get a budget going you can start looking at mobo/CPU/Vidcard choices.
Vid cards I like ATI so for a lower end comp x1300 is a good choice $130 to $150
High end then you will want x1900 crossfire pair (two cards) $1100
I am a AMD fan so I would choose a X2 dual core check for prices on your budget
MoBo now that you know the vidcard and CPU you can choose a MoBo made for them
I like ASUS best
Then you Style, i.e. case lights, does it need to be mobile?
Also buy your parts online or at a comp show, much cheaper than stores
I am wondering what makes up a great gaming pc. What do you use? I am looking into building my own and with the choices and prices, it is confusing.
What do you use for RAM, motherboards, video cards, sound cards, etc.?