I'm doing the same thing cause let's face it, sh*t's expensive! So far I have bought my Case, HDD, RAM, DVD drive and motherboard. You should definately pick out a motherboard because you have to build your PC from that. I almost made a huge mistake by not looking at the motherboard specs. Another tip: Make sure everything you have picked out is compatiable with your motherboard. If it says DDR3 RAM YOU GET DDR3. If it says i7 processor, YOU GET IT! i almost bought the i5 for mine and did one last check, turns out i need an i7. costs more but hey wont need an upgrade for a while. Right now i dont have a job (I'm 16 and going to school, hockey season just finished, so it's time to find one.) so getting the money is a little harder, just saving the money i get from my parents every now and then for lunch or whatever but if you are bringing in a little bit of money>>>SAVE IT, you'd be amazed how fast you accumulate money.