Originally Posted by Ender
....I just want a computer which will still manage to run most games in 3-5 years time, and also if need be, something i can upgrade easily.
Given the quick turn over in technology today, 5 years is definitely a stretch. The best thing to do is NOT look that far out. If money is a concern, you could build a budget system today for $500-600, and be happy with it for 2 years. By then, new technology that is just coming out now (costing a small fortune) will be much cheaper and more reliable. The cost of a longer time horizon triples the cost of the computer. In other words, it is cheaper to by something slightly slower than the fastest and upgrade as necessary, than it is to buy a top of the line system and hold it for 3 years... That's why I started building my own many years ago. Some things never change.