BTW more ideas are welcome!
My old & dead rig was a six or seven year old emachine W3400 that I added to over the years to keep it able to game with ( I could even play HL2 & L4D2) so $$$ is TIGHT, but I MUST have a rig with long term potential.
A case good for the LONG haul (expand/mod-ability).
A power supply made with future changes in mind.
If the other parts I kept from the old rig still work, I may be ok for a bit....
I NEED MY RIG BACK <twitch twitch>.