Nazobyte, Yes, ocing to get a little more. There's a few software programs that are pretty safe to use & get an avg of 9% oc on the CPU. There are also vid card oc'ers for the card. There's specs on the web for how much each card can take. Patience is a virtue & taking a class & waiting to build (while prices drop) is a good idea, IMO. :grinthumb As for cases: big is my plan. I'm not talking server size, but at least a mid-tower to fit a nice ATX/5PCI slot board. 350watt PSU is the minimum I'll consider. I also definately want a front mounted intake fan & the more fans the case can hold, the better. Heat = resistance = early failure. Even w/o ocing, I want cool temps for longevity. Lemme know if you want to tweek a little higher & by all means keep us informed of the knowledge you gain in class.