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 1600 American dollars (although if possible within 1500 that'd be good) Country: USA 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) Features of Motherboard: Firewire, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gb/s, eSATA, UEFI OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (I have the discs for 32 & 64 bit) PCPartPicker part list: Price breakdown by merchant: Benchmarks: CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($96.99 @ Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($479.98 @ Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Power Supply: Silverstone 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($119.71 @ Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ ------------------ these I will buy later ------------------- Monitor: Samsung P2770FH 27.0" Monitor ($294.98 @ Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit) ($185.98 @ Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($45.48 @ Total: $2065.04 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-02 16:13 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. Software Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) (Main OS) -- Mostly for languages May first run Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit - as I have both 32/64 bit discs now) Windows XP (May run through a Virtual Machine) 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 (all) 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. . . . (as if I have a choice) I WANT UEFI, NOT regular old BIOS (that this slimline has I don't really care weather I have physx effects or not. . . Power Supply Thoughts: ABSOLUTE MAX Watts: ~750w Efficiency: AT LEST 80+ Silver Modular - semi or fully (preferably full) Monitor Thoughts: Screen: 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) [if I'd notice a real difference and price] Screen size - 25 to about 27 inches IPS or TN: I don't really care. I'm slightly colorblind (red-green). I don't think "true" color representation is going to be noticeable to me.