Hello, I hope I've posted this in the correct forum- if not, any mods can feel free to move it. I'm going to buy a new computer soon, and I thought it would be sensible to ask for advice from people who know more than I do. From my experience on guitar forums, prevention is better than cure, it's better to ask for help before you actually buy something. I won't be building this PC myself, I'm going to buy from Mesh, who'll build it for me, because I've used them before and they seem to be reasonably good value and will allow a reasonable amount of customisation. Of course, if you've got good reasons why I should avoid them, or have heard horror stories, please let me know! I've read the sticky about how to post a thread about building a PC (which is not exactly the same as what I'm doing, but close enough, I assume), so I'll guess I'll just copy and paste from there. * What are you going to use the PC for? Internet, games, maybe word processing and the like, too. I'm guessing games will be the major reason for needing a fairly high spec. * How much is your budget? Fairly flexible, but around £1000- I'll pay a bit more if something makes a noticeable improvement, but on the other hand if something costing less than that would have the same performance, I would obviously seriously consider that, too. * Where are you located? (a.k.a. fill out your profile) Northern Ireland, in the UK (should be in my profile) * Are you willing to buy online? Yeah, probably from Mesh, unless you have a good reason why I shouldn't buy from them * Are you going to re-use any parts from an earlier build? Maybe my old cheapo speakers, but other than that, no * Do you need other peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, among others? The system I'm buying already comes with them. If you're recommending that I go with someone other than Mesh, I'd need a monitor, keyboard and mouse, as my old ones feel a bit like they're on their last legs. * Have you already bought any parts? No * Do you have an Operating System (OS)? It comes with Windows 7 Home Premium Edition already installed. Again, if you recommend me not to go with Mesh, I'd need an OS, presumably WIndows 7 of some description. * Will you need any aftermarket cooling, such as a CPU\GPU cooler or a watercooling setup? I have no idea, but I assume sufficient cooling will be already built-in. I've checked through various websites for benchmark tests (including this one), but while I understand graphs, I don't really understand how these numbers translate to real world performance a lot of the time, which is why I'm asking for help here. Based on what I've found out thus far online, here is the spec of the computer I was thinking of buying (I can't post a link, unfortunately, because I don't have enough posts): Full Specification * Intel® Core™ i7 920 Quad Core Processor (2.66GHz,8MB Cache) - LGA1336 * Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium Edition - 64bit English * New Stylish Midi-Tower ATX Chassis with 700W PSU - Piano Black * ASUS P6T SE Mainboard - Intel Core™ i7 & i7 Extreme Edition - ATX * 6GB 1333MHz Triple Channel DDR3 SDRAM - ( 3x2GB ) * 2x 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive with 16MB Buffer (1TB Total) * Raid 0 Configuration (Stripe) * 22x Dual Layer DVD Writer Super Format +R/-R/RW/RAM * 1GB ATI Radeon 5850 Graphics Accelerator GDDR5- ***DirectX 11*** * 22" Iiyama (1920x1080) Full HD Monitor - ProLite E2208HDS-1 * 7.1 High Definition onboard sound card - for 8 Channel Cinema sound * Logitech Cordless Keyboard & Cordless Optical Mouse * 1 Year Free Return to Base Hardware Warranty - inc 3 Months Free Collect & Return Is this a decently-specced machine (I think it is, but could be wrong)? I was also considering customising it to get a few upgrades, and hoped you could advise me on them too. I was thinking of upgrading the 6GB RAM to 8GB. It's £50, which in terms of money is not too much, but I was worried that since that would mean it has 4 x2GB, it would mean that I wouldn't be able to make use of the i7's triple channel memory function- would that make a major difference? Is 8GB in dual-channel format still going to be faster than 6GB in triple? There is also the option of upgrading to 12GB, which would retain the triple channel capability, but it's a lot more money (£150 versus £50), and I'd only do it if it made a big difference. I was going to upgrade the hard drive to 2x 1TB, as it's not too much extra (£60)- but is there any advantage in going with stripe versus mirror setup, or vice-versa? Is there any point in upgrading the processor? It's a fairly hefty upcharge (£240 or so) to the i7 950, so I'd only do it if it made a noticeable difference. They also have some other models with the 8xx processors, is there any advantage to them over the 9xx series, or are the 9xx series processors better? The graphics card seems fairly good as is (1GB ATI Radeon 5850), the only available upgrade is to get two of them in a crossfireX setup, which is pretty expensive (£265), am I right in assuming it's not really worth it? Is it worth going for the performance pack? (Performance Pack - Akasa Freedom Tower quiet Heat pipe quiet cooling, Performance updates, specialist cabling) A £49 upcharge, I really have no idea about this. On a similar note, is the stock power supply sufficient (700W)? I was also considering getting a second DVDRW drive (maybe blu-ray), the memory card reader, and possibly the monitor upgrade to 24", but I assume they won't really affect the performance of the machine (again, I could be wrong). Phew, that was really long, I apologise in advance for the length, and I appreciate any help anyone can give me with my questions. I suspect I know just enough about computers to get the wrong end of the stick, which normally ends up with my spending a lot of needless extra money. Thanks again, Dave.