Hey there. I'm new to building PC's. The last time I put one together (and by "put one together" I mean merely adding a GPU) was before the PCIe days when AGP was cutting edge tech. So obviously I'm a little out of date with what's good and what's great in the PC hardware world. I've done a lot of research in the last week and put together 2 builds. My goal is to spend no more than $1500 including peripherals and a decent monitor. I'd really prefer to keep it under $1200 and upgrade come the new year if necessary. My PC usage is fairly simple. I recently began working at home and my laptop does everything I need. However there's a lot of down time and I've found myself playing a lot of PC games - but I average 30 FPS on medium settings in BF3. Not so fun! I also dabble in video editing for another part-time gig but nothing serious at all. The idea is to have a really strong gaming PC with good upgrade capabilities after the new consoles release so I can at least play at high/ultra high settings for a few years to come. Any and all input is greatly appreciated! Here's what I had originally put together. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1f33u After doing a few more days of research I tweaked the build to the following. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fq3M After reading through the forums here - I'm definitely keeping the NZXT Phantom 410 case in the build.