Haha, well I can't really compare with you guys about getting money from my parents.... They gave me £450 (rouhgly $810) to help to finish of my PC. It was a farewell present really because I'm going to Uni in like a weeks time
Haha I couldn't have finished it without my parents
As regards getting the money, try your hardest and get what you can from your mum
If you can't get the 3800, just get a San Diego and that'll be fine for say two years. Then you uprgrade to the new quad cores coming out end of next year!