Hello everyone! I am a longtime lurker, finally decided to get more involved with the community. I am currently working on building myself a new computer system (I currently have to share with my family), and I was interested in the advice you all might have for me. Here is what I got: Processor - QX9770 Link Now, this part is non negotiable. Before everyone gets in a tizzy, I am getting this part for free. My father works for Intel and was on the team that tested that part, so they gave it to him. It's actually been sitting around for a year now, going without use, very sad really. Time to use it Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Link Graphics Card - eVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Link Power Supply - PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 Link Memory - OCZ Reaper 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800 (CAS Latency 4) Link Optical Drive - Samsung SH-S223Q Link Audio Card - Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Link CPU Heatsink - OCZ Vendetta 2 w/ Retention Bracket and OCZ Freeze Compound Link Case Fans - Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F Link Monitor - LG L227WTG-P Link OS - Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit (Do you really need me to link that for you? ) Hard Drives - WD Caviar Black 500GB x 2 in Raid 0 Link GRAND TOTAL (So Far) - $1,298.86 I have switched to a P45 motherboard, upped the card to the 216 core version, and settled on my hard drives. Also looking at different memory, I didn't realize how bad the voltage was to get those timings, I'd rather get better overclockable memory. Just need a case now. Well thank you for spending the time to read this! Any comment/suggestion/flame is welcome.