This seem like a decent rig to play most current and forthcoming PC games? I have gotten plenty of suggestions for parts in previous threads () . . . . Purpose of System: Gaming, browsing internet, watching videos. But mostly for gaming. I also do want to use Folding@home as well. Budget: Within about 1500 American dollars Country: USA Parts Needed: Case Power Supply Case Fans MotherBoard CPU Memory HDD Optical Drive GPU Sound Card Wirelss (as good as possible) SATA controller (although one IDE could be useful) Memory card Reader (would be useful) Fan Controller Reuseable parts: Can't, see below (current specs) as to why Overclocking: Doubtful. Though if I can get enough airflow I may try Monitor: Currently 1680 x 1050 (22 Inches) - I eventually want HD (Between 23 - 27 inches) Building: By start of Fall Features of Motherboard: Firewire, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gb/s, eSATA, UEFI OS: Windows 7 64 bit (I have the discs for 32 & 64 bit) Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US) Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.86 @ Newegg) Memory: Patriot G2 Series Division 4 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($99.99 @ Amazon) Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg) Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ NCIX US) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1562.32 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) (Generated 2012-04-17 22:06 EDT-0400) Current specs: Case: No idea (although it is a HP slimline, gray) - that should give some idea of the sort of case. Motherboard: Asus A8N-BR (Pyrite) (1 PCI, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN, IEEE-1394) Motherboard Chipset - nVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE, AMD Hammer Power Supply: No idea (but it's less than 100 watts, I think) Processor: DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2000 MHz (10 x 200) 3800+ CPU Cooler: A fan Memory: - DIMM1: Kingston 1 GB DDR2-533 DDR2 SDRAM (5-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz) - DIMM2: Kingston 2G-UDIMM 2 GB DDR2-667 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 (at) 333 MHz) (4-4-4-12 (at) 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 (at) 200 MHz) Hard Drive: 250 GB ATA drive Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GSA-H20L ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD-R9:4x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-RAM:5x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM) OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit And what I wanted in a new system: Hardware USB 2.0 speeds that are minimum of 30 MB a second USB 3.0 speeds that are at lest 300+ MB/s [I will get / use an SSD] Firewire (and or eSata port) --- because I have a external hardrive that has both along with USB At lest a solid terabyte (1.5 TB) Has either a VGA or DVI port (current monitor I have has both) Also has support for HDMI (for the future monitor) Multi card reader (although I mainly need SD and Memory Pro Stick Duo) Able to use a PS3 controller AND A XBOX 360 controller (yes I know 360 is native support . . .) I would like a quad core. Multiple internal DVD drives - Also to make installations faster Plenty of 3.5/5.25 drive bays . . . Software Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit (if needed) May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now) Windows XP (if 64 bit won't run some of the games I have) (if needed) Folding@home - (although I use my PS3 for that when I'm not using it Gaming Software: - Will use steam: Elder Scrolls (Morrowind -> Skyrim) Portal 1 & 2 Batman Arkham (Asylum/City) Sonic Generations Quake (all) Doom (all) Wolfenstein (3D) & 2009 - and the others Commander keen (all) Bioshock (1/2) (perhaps infinite) L.A. Noire Bejeweled 2/3 Peggle Various COD's anything else that interests me - Will use CD/DVD's of the games I have: Warcraft 2 - Tides of Darkness & Beyond the Dark Portal Warcraft 3 - Reign of Chaos & Frozen Throne Diablo 1 - 3 (when it comes out) The Sims 1 - And all expansions The Sims 2 (probably) Simcity 4000 & Rushhour May use emulation (to run up to the PS2/Wii) Other Thoughts Eventually a dual monitor setup (and one be HD resolution) I will wait for some parts (hard drives, GPU, etc) to drop in price. Will wait for IvyBridge. . . . I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has May eventually like a dual GPU (crossfire?) Monitor Thoughts: First and foremost: Full HD Widescreen Supports: HDMI, DVI, Displayport (if the motherboard of the computer does) Within 1 - 2 MS response time (current monitor is 5 MS response time) Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches I do really want monitor suggestions. Should also support HDCP, if needed.