Hi all, I have never used a desktop besides at work and at university, so yes, I have been a complete laptop person for pretty much my whole life. Things change, however, so I am making a transition to desktop. Anyways, since this is my first post, I shall adhere to the post-making guide. What are you going to use the PC for? - Gaming. Pretty hardcore gaming, going to graduate end of this year and plan to take a year off doing nothing except casual work and lotsa gaming before I go corporate for life [oh how wonderful]. How much is your budget? - $AUD 1300 - 1500 Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile) - Okay. I'm bad, have not filled my profile, but Sydney, Australia Are you willing to buy online? - Depends, even though AUD USD dollar parity, I still feel its easier to handle if I were to get my parts from Australia. Oh yer, Australia is quite a bad country for building own laptops, let alone desktops, as there is pretty much only 1 place for parts [oh what a pain, I cannot link since I do not have 5 posts+]: Google MSY Australia -> "Parts Pricelist Updated Daily" -> "Click here for our best parts price list in PDF Format" Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? - No. Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? - A big screen does sound good. Keyboard and mouse I have already. Have you already bought any parts? - No. But I have read various reviews of parts so I sort of have an idea of what I want. For easy comparison, something like the Enthusiast's PC will do pleasantly for me. Do you have an Operating System (OS)? - WinXP, Win7HomePremium Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? - Is it recommended? On a side note, HT Omega does not distribute into Australia, but does individual international sales for $90 + $15shipping. Is it worth it? And is dedicated sound a necessity? Cheers.