Hi, i'm brand new to this forum , and my friend recommended me to join since i can get best support for my questions here. I'm sorry too for the double forums post , just that i wasn't sure i'll get the best answers from a gaming forum only and i wasn't sure that alot of hardware specialist are reading the gaming forum anyway so my appologies. i know some of you will concider me a geekchick for this question but i just like to enjoy a good game on my spare time rather than get annoyed by my boyfriend so i wanted to buy a new gaming PC because mine is getting abit outdated, and i want to get a good outcome from the money i'll spend on the box, as well as to hope it will serve me for the next few years without the need of adding or replacing anything anymore. so.. I recenetly got myself a new gaming PC, haven't ordered it yet, just made the build for it. but i still have some questions about it as i was recommended on a few pointers that i might want to change so i had just a few primary questions that i wanted to ask you for. My current spec that i am ordering is this : MainBoard : Intel Sandusky 945PSNLK CPU : Intel P-Dual 3GHz Memory : 1GB DDR2 Geil Dual Kit. Storage : two WD 250GB HDDs SATA II GFX card : pcx7900GTX DDR3 512MB 256Bit card with imp clock speed (don't remember what speed exactly). Sound Card : Creative X-Fi Fatality full bundle CDROM : Dual Layer DVDRW Case : Asus Vento 3600 WaterCooling system : ThermalTake Aquarius III (already had that on my priveous machine). Mouse : mx518 Logitech Monitor : Toshiba 32' plazma monitor. ----------------------------------------------- this is the spec right now. i had a few pointers that i wanted to ask but first i would like to get some recommendations about the spec i have now, is it any good or i should concider changing some hardware? about the questions.. well, i know that AMD is an all-out-better machine than intel when it comes to gaming and gfx processing in general. but i know that it's very hard to pick a good amd + mainboard combo as they overheat quite much if you don't make the right choice, what you think i should go with? 2nd question is about the SLI techonlogy. not ashamed to say that at this subject i have no clue how SLI works and what exactly it does , only thing i can figure out (i think) is that it takes all the GPU usage from one card and balancing it out 50/50 between the two SLI-Ready cards that i'll be using. in that case, what mainboard should i best pick and can i use the gfx card that i want to buy (pcx7900gtx) as SLI and if so then how exactly it will improve my gaming experience. another question about the gfx card is what is the best chipset that goes now with the 7900 series and what's the best mainboad combo for that card. that's about it i think. feel free to send any recommendations and whatever else you might want to say. all your advices are welcome and thank you very much. forgot to add a question about the watercooling my last mainboard , Asus P4S800D , was burned because of the major overheating in the CPU area. iwas using thermaltake AQuarius III on it and seemed to not just overheat, but totally burn my transistors on the CPU area, even the back of the MB was all brownblackish and crispy i was told that i might have used too much thermal glue when i placed the waterblock on it. im not sure it's true but that kinda makes me to be afraid to use that Aquarius III again on the new box ill get. are there any other alternatives like a water cooled fan or something? the reason i liked the aquarius is cuz it was silent 90% but it's hard to keep up with replacing water all the time when im not at home often and my PC is running, as well as spending tons of anti-freeze coolant on it. which btw never seemed to help. are there are other alternatives for a good cooling on the CPU? even if it will make abit more noise. maybe there's some good Case that can down the noise level abit? thanks, Alysia. Edit: I have deleted your other thread. I understand your concerns, but your thread here is more than enough. Thanks.