So. Having gone through a long process of umming and arring, and getting advice from anyone and everyone, I finally took the plunge and bought myself a new self-build. The best £450 I've ever spent! I have to share that warm fuzzy feeling with people who understand! I'm the first to admit its not at the bleeding edge of technology, but I'm surprised at how well it runs the programs I've thrown at it so far. Doom 3 (incredibly scary!) runs with no stutters at Medium settings 800x600 with 2x aa (I tested how far I could push it, and while I got it to Ultra at 800x600 with 4x I felt it was unneccesary, as graphics werent vastly different) and all this on: Athlon 64 3000 at 1.8GHz 512Mb Corsair Value PC3200 DDR RAM XFX 6200 TC supporting 256Mb :bounce: :grinthumb I do have one small concern though. While the CPU is running 30°C, the GPU is running at 49°C idle and 71°C load. Are these figures anything to be worried about, cos I heard that anything above 60°C was a problem. However, everything seems to be running fine with no BSODs or crashes (touchwood for the future). Finally, is there any facility in Doom for finding out the FPS? And does anyone know where I can find a good program for looking at my system in detail? Many thanks to the people who helped me decide on my system specs, and here's to another week of that warm glow inside!