What you haven't said is this: What EXACTLY am I going to use this new PC for? Answer that & you have answered your own question! For all around general use? Then spend as much as you can possibly afford. If more specific then state so. Obviously the best CPU & best GPU money can buy is the answer coupled with a top of the line M/B. The simple answer has already been said, buy the highest end hardware you can afford..............Always been that way always will be that way. The better the hardware you buy the less often you will need to upgrade however, so that's another factor to consider....... not just performance since nobody stays top dog long in this endless upgrade race anyway..