Hello, I plan to buy a new computer soon and I thought it's wise to ask more people about my choices. Here is what I have in mind: Motherboard : ASUS Maximus II Formula (200 EUR) CPU : INTEL E8600 - Core 2 Duo, 3.3GHz (230 EUR) Video card : ASUS EAH4870X2 Radeon HD 4870 X2 (440 EUR) RAM : 2 x Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX - 2GB DRR2-800 (100 EUR) HDD : 2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor - WD3000GLFS (480 EUR) PSU : Zalman ZM850-HP - 850W (200 EUR) Case : Thermaltake Kandalf LCS (240 EUR) DVD writer : Samsung SH-S203P (40 EUR) Keyboard : Logitech G15 2005 or G11 (80 EUR); hope I will still find G15 2005 (had that cool wheel) Mouse : Logitech MX 518 (45 EUR) Display : Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM, 24'', 1920x1200 (360 EUR) In total it's about 2500 EUR and this is kind of my budget (can go a few hundreds higher but I don't really want to). And here are my reasons: Motherboard - it's a P45 chipset based mobo because I don't trust NVIDIA on chipsets and it's not a X48 because I don't plan to use CrossFire - has hardware RAID (Speeding HDD) - performs fine in reviews - I trust ASUS as a brand CPU - fastest Core 2 Duo - I plan to overclock it and would like not to increase the voltage; from the reviews I read this processor is the most stable with this kind of overclocking (probably brought by the new E0 stepping) Video card - needed a bad video card because I want to play all the games maxed out at 1920x1200 - the only thing better than this (but only slightly and not in all games) is 2 GTX 280, and that's at least 300 EUROs more. It's a no-brainer who provides better value here RAM - 2 x 2GB seems the best/enough for now (will use Vista or XP 64 bit editions) - I trust the brand - it's on ASUS' Qualified Vendor List which means it has been tested with the motherboard so I won't have problems HDD - 2 pieces of the fastest hard-drive available - will use RAID 0 - solid state hard drives are just too expensive now (perhaps in a few years...) PSU - has enough juice (including amps) - respected brand - performs ok in reviews - it's very quiet Case - looks cool - it's quiet - it has water cooling and I want that, but I am not ready to make case modifications. I'm sure that if I were to cut the case myself it would look horrible DVD RW - from the reviews it seems ok - has LightScribe which might come in handy Mouse - it's wired (had some bad experiences with gaming using wireless mice) - can change DPI on-the-fly while you are in the game - it's lighter than G5 (I don't like brick mice - heavy and big) Display - I like 24'' / 1920x1200 - it performs ok in the reviews - has HDMI - looks nice - has TN panel which means it's cheap and it doesn't have noticeable input lag; I don't mind viewing angles: I will be gaming right in front of it The video card will probably be the most noisy component and I will probably buy a water block as soon as I know there is no fabrication problem with it. I heard that mounting a water block voids the warranty so I want first to make sure I won't return it. What do you think? Will I have any incompatibilities? Known issues with any component? Are my choices correct? P.S. Sorry for the huge post. Thank you.