I suppose I should warn you now that this post may be a bit long. I apologize for any rambling. Feel free to answer any or all questions you have knowledge about. Any help is better than none. My current pre-built (minus the GPU and PSU upgrade) non-gaming Dell computer has began having issues recently and instead of bothering to fix it up, I've opted to buy a new one designed for gaming and multimedia with a flexible budget of 3,000 USD with a monitor bought seperately. However only being moderately tech savvy, I have decided to come to you amazing people to help me answer my lingering questions before I finally make a purchase. I originally pondered getting an Alienware Aurora computer since my current is a Dell and I'm familar with the company, but upon further review I found out that overheating was a major issue. I proceeded to look around at cyberpower, Ibuypower and a few others, but reviews concerning blue screens, parts inserted incorrectly and missing pieces have made me wary. I found a company called Falcon Northwest ( http://www.falcon-nw.com ) that has had good reviews (the bad seeming to only come from the fact that it is a smaller company which causes customer service to be slower at times). I have my eyes on the Talon system with a three year warranty on parts and lifetime phone support. Here are some bits of information that may help you with the answers for my questions. I have no intention of overclocking anything on my system. I don't have the knowledge nor do I want to stress anything past what it is supposed to run as. I'm willing to pay a little extra to get the faster hardware that doesn't require overclocking to compete with top of the line hardware. Overheating on any component is a huge concern of mine since every computer I have owned has run into this issue. I'm really looking to avoid this. _______________________________________________ This is what I'm possibly aimming for at this time (all of which can be found with further specs on the Talon builder on Falcon Northwest's website).. 8.22''W x 17.25''H x 19''D Aluminum + Steel Tower W/ Three 120mm Performance Fans SilverStone ST1200W PSU (OR) 1000W P8P67 Deluxe i5 2500K 3.3GHZ (OR) i7 2600K 3.4GHZ (W/ LIQCOOL) 8GB (4x2GB) 1333MHz DDR3 (OR) 16GB (4x4GB) 1333MHz DDR3 GTX 460 1GB SLI (OR) GTX 570 1.28GB (OR) GTX 580 1.5GB Western Digital Caviar 1TB 7200RPM 6GB/s 24x DVD Writer Internal Media Reader Windows 7 Home Premium Ranges between $2421 and $2863 of my $3000 flexible budget depending on options which does not include a monitor I will buy seperately. _______________________________________________ Here is where the questions come in. I have listed the price differences between the ones with (OR) options above to see if it is worth the upgrade for the price. 1 COMPANY & PRICE . Has anyone had an experience with Falcon Northwest or the Talon system before? Are there any websites you would reccomend that I have possibly missed? Am I going to be paying way too much in comparison to building my own? Is it really diffcult to build your own without any knowledge or help? 2 PSU . $90 Difference. Is there any downside to having a power supply that is more powerful than what is required for your system? If I go the route of getting one GPU for now, I would like the option of switching to SLI down the road. Is 1200W overkill even for the top of the line options? Would 1000W be fine for any future advancement? 3 CPU . $100 Difference. I have read on here and elsewhere that the i5 2500 is better because it can overclock easier, but I have no intentions of overclocking. Am I better off going with the i7 then? 4 RAM . $111 Difference. I suspect 16GB is a bit overkill since I've noticed most of you are rarely above 4-6GB. Mainly just looking for input regarding whether or not that is worth the price or not or if I should hold off because the 8GB will be more than enough. 5 GPU . Two 460s is a little more than getting one 570, and one 580 is a little more than getting two 460s. I have seen amazing reviews for the 460s, but since I have no intention for overclocking I'm wondering is it even worth getting them since people have claimed getting one GPU is sometimes better than two. The 570 and 580 I've seen mixed reviews about and seen a few issues. Is the 570 more stable than the 580? Price is not a huge deal here, I'm more concerned with performance. I am interested in potential SLI with the other two down the road. Thank you in advance for any answers I receive. I look forward to reading them.